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5 Things You Need to Know | March ADK Conservation News

By: Dana Mancini - Adirondack Council Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Thursday, March 22, 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/Boreas_Summerheilman_Watermark2.jpgGovernor Cuomo approves the Boreas Ponds classification package

Governor Cuomo has signed the compromise recommended to him by the Adirondack Park Agency in January. The compromise will include 11,000 acres managed as Wilderness, while 9,000 acres will be managed as Wild Forest. The decision comes after two years of intense debate between different stakeholder groups and the state. Read our press release here.

 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/KevinChlad_Budget.jpgThe Senate and Assembly introduce their One-House Budgets

With the April 1 budget deadline approaching, the Senate and the Assembly have released their one-house budgets in preparation for budget discussions. Both houses have rejected the Governor's proposal to move to a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes for the Forest Preserve payments to communities in place of the current ‘ad valorem’ system. Other items being discussed in negotiations include the Empire Forest for the Future Initiative, the Environmental Protection Fund and water infrastructure funding.

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/5-things-blogs---january/OldMountainRd3_small.jpgNYS Appellate Court make final decision on Old Mountain Road Case

Unfortunately, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Albany overturned a decision to close Old Mountain Road to vehicle traffic, stating that the road had not been legally abandoned. It been closed to motor vehicles since 2015 when then-Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens vacated an earlier decision. The Towns of North Elba and Keene can now decide how to use the road, including opening it to snowmobiles or other motorized use.

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/Railtrail_ADK.jpgAdirondack Park Agency to amend State Land Master Plan for rail-trail approval

At its March board meeting, the Adirondack Park Agency preliminarily approved an amendment to the State Land Master Plan that will allow the state to move forward with a plan to create  a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The agency will be hosting three public comment hearings where people will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed plan.

 

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/5-things-blog---feb2018/Cuomo_Broadband.jpgCommunity forums used to advance broadband coverage in the North Country

The Town of Johnsburg held a community forum earlier this month with the goal of better understanding the rollout of the Governors broadband plan. The forum included elected state and local officials, local residents, internet service providers, and the state architects of the program. The forum allowed the community to become the first in the state to learn the specifics of the program and how their community will receive their service and by which providers.

 



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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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