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September 11, 2019  |  by: Lizzie Fainberg - Essex Farm Institute Rural Law Fellow
Climate Change and Agriculture in the Adirondacks
As the effects of climate change become more pronounced globally and across the nation, climate leaders have been working toward identifying the prominent causes of, and potential solutions to, this international problem. Agriculture has long been identified as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. However, certain agricultural practices, such as cover cropping, sustainable forestry, and attention to soil health can help transform agriculture from part of the problem into part of the solution.
September 4, 2019  |  by: Julia Randall - Adirondack Council's Clarence Petty Intern
Wild Thoughts  Part III -  Why Wilderness?
Wild Thoughts is a three-part blog series on wilderness ethics and management written in anticipation of the 2020 Adirondack Wilderness Symposium. Organized in part by Adirondack Council, the Symposium (dates TBD) will be open to the public and will feature programming on such varied topics as the legal status of wilderness in New York State, wilderness management in the era of climate change, and the more intangible, philosophical character of wilderness. Similarly, each segment of this summer-long blog series will tackle a different, broad wilderness-related question. Together, the Symposium and this series will attempt to offer a comprehensive, 21st-century consideration of wilderness as a legal concept, an ecological condition, and a cultural phenomenon.
August 29, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | August 2019 ADK Conservation News
Adirondack Conservation News is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago, that we must to protect for future generations. Adirondack Conservation News aims to highlight both threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character and community vibrancy.
August 26, 2019  |  by: Will Lutkewitte - Clarence Petty Vision Intern
A Look at Regional Planning Beyond the Blue Line
Will Lutkewitte -has been working as a Clarence Petty Intern for the Adirondack Council this summer assisting with the Council’s long-range VISION Project. One facet of the project addresses Adirondack Park governance and ways it can be positioned for success in the future. He looked agencies around the country that were facing similar challenges as the Adirondack Park Agency, and how they could provide possible model solutions.
August 22, 2019  |  by: Julia Randall - Adirondack Council's Clarence Petty Intern
Wild Thoughts - Part II
Wild Thoughts is a three-part blog series on wilderness ethics and management written in anticipation of the 2020 Adirondack Wilderness Symposium. Organized in part by Adirondack Council, the Symposium (dates TBD) will be open to the public and will feature programming on such varied topics as the legal status of wilderness in New York State, wilderness management in the era of climate change, and the more intangible, philosophical character of wilderness. Similarly, each segment of this summer-long blog series will tackle a different, broad wilderness-related question. Together, the Symposium and this series will attempt to offer a comprehensive, 21st-century consideration of wilderness as a legal concept, an ecological condition, and a cultural phenomenon.
August 9, 2019  |  by: Julia Randall - Adirondack Council's Clarence Petty Intern
Invasive Species: A Midsummer Update
Twice a year, Adirondack stakeholders meet to discuss the current state of invasive species management in the Park. On July 22, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program partners convened for this year’s summer meeting. At the event, the Adirondack Council and other organizations from around the Park discussed past progress and desired ecological and legislative outcomes on invasive species.
July 30, 2019  |  by: Kevin Chlad - Adirondack Council Director of Government Relations
2019 Common Ground Alliance Forum | What We Heard
More than 275 people gathered last week for the 2019 Adirondack Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Forum, now in its 13th year, to discuss current challenges and opportunities for the Adirondack Park. The CGA is a diverse network of dedicated people who focus on addressing issues that affect the whole Adirondack Park: its communities, institutions, people and environment.
July 25, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | July 2019 ADK Conservation News
Adirondack Conservation News is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago, that we have to protect for future generations. Adirondack Conservation News aims to highlight both threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character and community vibrancy
July 23, 2019  |  by: Julia Randall - Adirondack Council's Clarence Petty Intern
Wild Thoughts
Wild Thoughts is a three-part blog series on wilderness ethics and management written in anticipation of the 2020 Adirondack Wilderness Symposium. Organized in part by the Adirondack Council, the Symposium will be open to the public and will feature programming on such varied topics as the legal status of wilderness in New York State, wilderness management in the era of climate change, and the more intangible, philosophical character of wilderness. Similarly, each segment of this summer-long blog series will tackle a different, broad wilderness-related question. Together, the Symposium and this blog series will seek to offer a comprehensive, 21st Century consideration of wilderness as a legal concept, an ecological condition and cultural phenomenon. 
July 17, 2019  |  by: Lizzie Fainberg, Essex Farm Institute Rural Law Fellow 
Agriculture in the Adirondacks: Past, Present, and Future 
Agriculture in the Adirondacks, much like in other regions of the country, has been experiencing both economic strain and a shift in farmer and operation demographics. In 2017, over half of farm operations in the Adirondacks experienced net losses. There are fewer farms in the region overall, although farms are, on average, getting larger.

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