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5 Things You Need to Know | April ADK Conservation News

By: Dana Mancini - Adirondack Council Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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 News aims to highlight both threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character and community vibrancy.

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/NYS_Capitol_New.jpgNYS Passes Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019

Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature passed a $168.3 billion budget on March 31st. There were several appropriations that will help the Adirondack Park, including funding for the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corp that will allow for the continued testing of water chemistry for Adirondack lakes and rivers. Initiatives that did not make it into the budget include a change in the way the state pays property taxes on Forest Preserve as well as all-terrain vehicle reforms.

 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/epa_logo.jpgFederal Budget Keeps Funding for EPA

In Washington, New York’s Congressional delegation helped to secure approval of a $1.3-trillion federal appropriations agreement that prevented significant cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would have crippled the EPA’s acid rain and climate research grants in the Adirondacks.  Green groups in New York are praising the bipartisan delegation for maintaining the agency’s funding and continuing to fight for environmental priorities.


Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/OilTrains_BrendanWiltse_ADK.jpgIowa Pacific Finally Removes Oil Tankers from the Adirondack Park

The oil tankers that were being stored within the Adirondack Park near the Boreas River are finally being removed. The tankers were supposed to be removed by December, but the process was delayed by harsh weather.



 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/FrontierTown.jpgDEC Breaks Ground on the New Frontier Town

The Department of Environmental Conservation and Paradox Brewery broke ground this month on the “Gateway to the Adirondacks” tourism hub. The new hub will help the local economy and provide a link to recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Park. In addition to the brewery, the Gateway will also include a campground and equestrian and day use areas.

 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/FullandByFarm_ADK.jpgAdirondack Council Awards 19 Grants to Businesses, Farms

For the third year in a row, the Adirondack Council has invested private funds in the effort to build a climate-friendly Adirondack Park. The Council has awarded micro-grants to 19 farms and businesses who want to reduce their environmental impacts and adapt to a changing climate. Some of the winning projects include solar fencing, rainwater catchment, building weatherization and insulation, and energy-efficient appliance upgrades.

 



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Dana is our Advocacy and Outreach Assistant working in the Council’s Albany office, and assists with outreach and government relations efforts. She began working with the Council in December of 2015 as our Clarence Petty Intern and then served as our Canvassing Coordinator during the summer of 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and is currently a graduate student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy where she is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. In her spare time, Dana enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her family.

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