5 Things You Need to Know | February 2023 ADK Conservation News

By Justin Levine - Adirondack Council Communications Associate
Monday, March 6, 2023

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 protect for future generations. Adirondack Conservation News highlights threats and opportunities concerning the Park’s ecological integrity, wild character, and community vibrancy.

Willie JanewayWillie Janeway details his decision to leave the Adirondack Council

Willie Janeway, who has been the Executive Director of the Adirondack Council for the past decade, will be leaving the organization this fall. Janeway is leaving the Council in excellent shape, and the dedicated staff will continue to work on behalf of the Adirondack Park on a daily basis. Raul “Rocci” Aguirre, who has served as Deputy Director, is now the Acting Executive Director, and the first person of color to lead a major Adirondack environmental group.

Road with salt streaks on itSalt task force closes in on final report

The long-awaited Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report is nearing completion. Excessive road salt usage in the Adirondack Park has become a major public health and infrastructure issue as the road salt has been found to contaminate drinking water wells, streams, rivers, and lakes and ponds, and causes damage to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Camp GabrielsPanel: State should move ahead on redeveloping former Adirondack prison buildings  

A panel of folks representing environmental, historical, and architectural interests is encouraging the state to redevelop former prisons rather than mothballing the existing infrastructure. The former Camp Gabriels incarceration center has been rotting while sitting in legal limbo, while the Moriah Shock facility is closed but still being maintained. These facilities could provide crucial housing, training, and meeting spaces, as well as drinking water and sewage treatment to local communities.

A road on Wild Forest landsAPA asks: What's a road and how many miles should there be in the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack Park Agency staff and board are working to determine what legally constitutes a road on lands in the Adirondacks that are classified as Wild Forest. The law allows for “no material increase” in roads on Wild Forest lands, however that term is subjective and its lack of clarity may cause issues in how Forest Preserve lands are managed and acquired.

Walter Scott, an early black settler in the AdirondacksFor the Record: Uncovering the Stories of Black Pioneers 

Paul Smith’s College professor Curt Stager takes a deeper look at the history of Black pioneers in the Adirondacks. With much of the non-white history of the Adirondack area buried or misrepresented in past works, Stager, along with several contemporary historians, are now telling the true, much more full picture of the role Black people played in the early days of Adirondack settlement.


Justin Levine

Justin Levine joined the Council staff in 2021 as the Communications and Outreach Assistant. He previously worked as a regional marketing manager for the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and was an award-winning journalist and photographer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News. Since graduating from Paul Smith’s College in 2004, Justin has worked in the environmental field in various roles in both the Adirondacks and Florida. When not working, Justin loves spending time with his family, running, and doing all the outdoor things the Park has to offer.

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