Accomplishments

Accomplishments

With strong partner organizations, collaboration with elected/appointed government officials, and citizen participation, the Council successfully advocates for policies and funding that benefit the environment and communities of the Adirondack Park.

2020-2021 Accomplishments

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Wilderness: Ensuring the wild character and ecological integrity of the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve.

  • New actions have occurred that will enhance the preservation of Adirondack Wilderness, access, and safety of visitors and residents.
  • The Department of Environmental Conservation’s High Peaks Wilderness Overuse Advisory Group, which included the Council, delivered final recommendations. Public and private efforts have initiated the implementation of a broad range of immediate and long-term actions and investments in science.
  • The Council created a multi-media “StoryMap” from its VISION 2050 project that explains overuse issues facing the Park using interactive maps, video, audio clips, and viewer-manipulated photographs.

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Vibrant Communities: Fostering a more resilient, sustainable Adirondack Park with vibrant communities.

  • The Council issued the latest of three reports identifying hundreds of millions of dollars in Clean Water Infrastructure needs in the Adirondack Park. Using these reports and working with Adirondack municipalities, the Council helped secure more than $58 million in grants for wastewater treatment systems in Park communities since 2015.
  • The Council lobbied with local government and secured increased funding for Broadband and communication systems.

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Water & Air: Fighting for clean water and clean air; combating invasive species and climate change.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision that denied New York and New Jersey protection from smog and acid rain generated by coal-fired power plants in the Midwest. The Council joined with NYS Attorney General James, Environmental Defense Fund, and Sierra Club in the Federal Clean Air Acid Rain lawsuit to fight these EPA rollbacks and protect Northeast states from upwind air pollution.
  • The Governor signed bi-partisan legislation helping to reduce road salt pollution and protect drinking water in the Adirondack Park. This law creates an Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force and Pilot Program that will test alternative measures that have shown to work better and cost less than current winter road maintenance practices.

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Farms and Forests: Preserving open space and supporting working forests and farms

  • The Council awarded 21 micro-grants totaling $29,601 to local farmers and value-added food producers to build a climate-friendly local economy in the Adirondacks.
  • The Council worked collaboratively with partners to strengthen and promote a more resilient regional food system.
  • Council promoted the Park’s public and private forest lands as the state’s greatest carbon sink.

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Leadership and Government: Leading, expanding, and diversifying the Park’s constituency.

  • The Council worked with its partners to secure passage of the Aquatic Invasive Species Transport Bill that will strengthen and make permanent protections for Adirondack waters from invasive species. Unanimously approved by the New York State Legislature, the bill requires certification that motorized watercraft are free of invasive species before launching in Adirondack waters.
  • The state’s highest court protected the Forest Preserve from road-like snowmobile trails in a legal win by Protect! the Adirondacks, with support from the Council’s amicus brief.
  • The Council joined a coalition of more than 175 New York organizations to advocate for voter approval of a 2022 state bond act that will fund critical environmental programs to support clean water, jobs, and the Adirondacks.
  • Council membership, constituency engagement, and funds have all increased, giving shape to the future of the Adirondack Park.

19-20 Accomplishments

20-21 Accomplishments

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