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June 20, 2019  |  by: Nick LaScala- Clarance Petty Intern
Meet Our 2019 Interns | Training the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders
This year we are pleased to be expanding our program to have five interns and we look forward to their enthusiasm and fresh perspective on the challenges facing the Adirondack Park.Through the Clarence Petty Internship Program, the Adirondack Council is committed to offering interns an experience that will prepare them for employment in an environmental non-profit, government agency, or related field by working alongside professionals at a nationally recognized conservation organization.
June 10, 2019  |  by: Julia Champagne - Adirondack Council Clarence Petty Intern
What's Next for the Adirondacks? | The 2019 New York State Legislative Session
The 2019 New York State Legislative Session is rapidly coming to a close, and the Capitol is buzzing with activity. This is a time when legislators are pushing to get bills passed before the scheduled end of the legislative session on June 19th. It’s also an important time to remember what a treasure the Adirondack Park is and consider how it could be better protected through legislation. Here are some top priority issues the Adirondack Council is working hard  on, with partners, in the home stretch:
May 23, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | May 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.
May 14, 2019  |  by: Adirondack Council staff
Overuse Degrades Adirondack High Peaks Trails | Redesigning and Rebuilding Trails Can Help Solve Problem
The world-class Adirondack Park is experiencing overuse at many locations during busy weekends in the High Peaks region and across the Park. An analysis finds unaddressed overuse is causing harm to natural resources, putting visitors at risk, and threatening the quality of the wilderness so central to the Adirondack experience
May 9, 2019  |  by: Julia Champagne - Adirondack Council Clarence Petty Intern
Stopping the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Mandatory Boat Washing in the Adirondacks
Have you ever noticed waters overgrown with weeds, fisheries that are no longer as vigorous as they used to be, or rocks and structures covered with mussels? If so, you might have been looking at an aquatic invasive species (AIS) infestation, and you have probably experienced the harmful effects these infestations have on our Adirondack waters. As good stewards of the environment, we can prevent the spread of AIS with boat washing.
April 29, 2019  |  by: Mary Godnick - Adirondack Council Marketing and Communications Associate
Adirondacks & My Art | Interview with Artist Anne Diggory  
Anne Diggory has been creating art inspired by the Adirondacks for over 40 years. Her art has changed over time, and now recently, she has started to incorporate more human elements into her mixed media pieces of art. Anne's artwork is now featured at the Albany Institute of History and Art in an exhibition titled "All in a Day's Work." through August 18. She is also leading an art history boat cruise on Lake George on June 24, stopping at specific sites that have been painted by historic Hudson River School artists, as well as Anne herself. We chatted with Anne about her artwork, her connection to the Adirondacks, and how these Forever Wild lands have inspired her artwork over the years. 
April 25, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | April 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.
April 15, 2019  |  by: Lisa M. Genier – Program Analyst – Adirondack Council
ATVs in the Adirondacks | Why We Need #ATVreformNow
Spring is optimistic; an opportunity to reconnect with nature as trees return from dormancy, waters flow with vigor, and wildlife return to their warm weather habits. Some refer to this time as “mud season,” and hikers are urged to travel lightly and avoid sensitive places until the ground dry out. For recreational all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, this is also a time to prepare their machines for the year and start riding. Unfortunately, there are some who misuse their ATVs on our “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve and other state lands, with detrimental impacts.
April 5, 2019  |  by: Julia Goren - Adirondack Council Director of Vision Project
Tips for Hiking During Mud Season in the Adirondacks
In the Adirondacks, mud season occurs between the beginning of April and the beginning of June. (Dates vary depending on elevation and the weather.) Sunshine thaws the surface, but it takes time for the frozen ground below to soften. Snowmelt and rainwater can’t seep into the frozen ground, so the surface turns to mud. For trails and hikers, this is a problem. Read Julie Goren's blog to find out what hikers can do to protect the trails at this time of year.
March 29, 2019  |  by: By: Brittany Noxon - guest author
My Rescue Story | Why We Need to #AddNYSRangers
Brittany Noxon shares her story about having to be rescued off Sleeping Beauty mountain after severely injuring her ankle. In this blog, she shares her experience, what she's learned from it, and why we need more Forest Rangers.

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