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Our newest Clarence Petty Intern is Kyle Plaske. He is working in our Albany office helping our government relations and communications teams. Please help us welcome Kyke!
Wintertime is peaceful in the Adirondack Park. It is a bit quieter as you will see less people braving the trails covered in snow. Also, you are more likely to see some iconic Adirondack wildlife. When you're out and about in the Park, keep your eyes peeled for some of these winter loving Adirondack animals.
When you think about what the Adirondacks mean to you, remember that the success of the Adirondack Park depends on many different funding sources and policy initiatives. The Adirondack Council has full-time presence in our state capitol to ensure that New York’s budget and policies keep the best interests of the waters, wildlife and communities of the Adirondacks.
Earlier this January, the Adirondack Council welcomed a new staff member, Jackie Bowen, to the team as the Grant Conservation Fellow. Jackie will be working with our Conservation Director, Rocci Aguirre.
Over 100 years ago, surveyor and explorer Verplanck Colvin distributed surveying plugs across the Adirondack landscape to locate state land to protect it from rampant exploitation by lumber barons. These points laid the groundwork for a revolutionary form of conservation and preservation. Our guest author Bill Killon has created a new film on Colvin that he describes as a piece of the story. Read on to learn more.
After disappearing from New York State in the 1960's, peregrine falcon populations in the Adirondacks are back on the rise. We talked with John O'Connor, wildlife biologist and coordinator of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation peregrine falcon program for the Adirondack and Lake Champlain region on how they worked to make this possible.
Healthy Lakes Stay Colder Than Those Sterilized by Acid Rain
It’s troubling to hear the Trump transition team talk about gutting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and bringing back coal as a fuel for making electricity. Burning coal leads to acid rain, mercury contamination and climate change. New York has some of the best clean air laws in the nation, but they aren’t enough to protect the Adirondack Park from smokestacks in the Ohio Valley, if they start burning coal again.
As we enjoy the holiday season, reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the next, will you do one more thing for the Adirondacks? There’s still time to send a letter to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and tell them that you want motor-free Wilderness for the Boreas Ponds. The APA will accept your comments until Friday, December 30.
The Adirondacks are covered in a beautiful blanket of fresh snow. The weather outside is cold and blustery. As you walk though the woods, you may notice the distinct scent of balsam, or hear a bird quietly flutter by. The Adirondacks sure are a beautiful place this time of year. It's peaceful and quiet outdoors, yet communities are bustling with holiday shoppers and skiers.
“Lingchi” or “death by a thousand cuts” was once a gruesome act that now stands as a metaphor, encouraging all of us to be wise in considering cumulative impacts of any given activity. Our public lands, roads and health continue to play host to a litany of “tiny cuts” that when viewed as a whole paint a very clear picture that shows why we must enact broad reforms to ATV legislation in this legislative session.