5 Things You Need to Know | May ADK Conservation News

By: Dana Mancini - Adirondack Council Advocacy and Outreach Assistant
Wednesday, May 23, 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.jpgOvercrowding in the High Peaks Region Report Released

Local governments and environmental advocates released a series of maps documenting overuse at trailheads for the High Peaks Wilderness. The results come from a series of surveys conducted in the fall of 2017. It was found that over 80 percent of all trailheads were routinely above their capacity, with some parking lots overflowing with twice as many vehicles than they could fit.  



Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/epa_logo.jpgAPA Announces Proposals for the High Peaks Region

At their May meeting, the Adirondack Park Agency announced that they were fast-tracking a number of proposals for the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest, including plans for the newly classified Boreas Ponds. Two public hearings will be held on the proposals, and written comment will be accepted until June 27.


Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/OilTrains_BrendanWiltse_ADK.jpgAdirondack Council Calls for Sensitivity Training in the Tourism Industry

With the spotlight of national attention exposing racially charged incidents at businesses such as Starbucks and LA Fitness in recent weeks, the Adirondack Council and two diversity experts are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to require all state employees and state contractors to complete racial bias and inclusion training, and to offer such sessions to the private sector’s front-line tourism service professionals as well.


Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/FrontierTown.jpgAll-Terrain Vehicle Trail System in Lewis County Takes a Hit

Several road segments open to ATV traffic in Constableville will now need to be closed after a decision made by a Supreme Court Justice. The Justice ruled that the local laws on all-terrain vehicles are illegal and therefore must be annulled. This decision comes as a result of a local resident taking the village to court after citing the ATV trails affected her quality of life.


Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/images/FullandByFarm_ADK.jpgGovernor Cuomo to Make New York Power Plants Coal-Free by 2020

The Governor recently released proposed regulations to require all power plants in New York to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide. These new regulations will achieve the goal of ending coal use in NYS power plants by 2020. This announcement comes as a result of the Governor’s 2016 State of the State address where he pledged to go coal-free by 2020.


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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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