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January 18, 2017  |  by: Bill Killon - Guest author
Verplanck Colvin - Barons to Boreas
Over 100 years ago, surveyor and explorer Verplanck Colvin distributed surveying plugs across the Adirondack landscape to locate state land to protect it from rampant exploitation by lumber barons. These points laid the groundwork for a revolutionary form of conservation and preservation. Our guest author Bill Killon has created a new film on Colvin that he describes as a piece of the story. Read on to learn more.
January 10, 2017  |  by: Mary Godnick - Adirondack Council's Marketing and Development Assistant
Peregrine Falcon Programs Bringing Back Adirondack Populations
After disappearing from New York State in the 1960's, peregrine falcon populations in the Adirondacks are back on the rise. We talked with John O'Connor, wildlife biologist, and coordinator of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation peregrine falcon program for the Adirondack and Lake Champlain region on how they worked to make this possible.
Healthy Lakes Stay Colder Than Those Sterilized by Acid Rain
January 5, 2017  |  by: John F. Sheehan - Adirondack Council Director of Communications
Progress on Acid Rain is Helping Adirondack Fish Survive Climate Change
It's troubling to hear the Trump transition team talk about gutting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and bringing back coal as a fuel for making electricity. Burning coal leads to acid rain, mercury contamination, and climate change. New York has some of the best clean air laws in the nation, but they aren't enough to protect the Adirondack Park from smokestacks in the Ohio Valley, if they start burning coal again.
December 27, 2016  |  by: Lisa M. Genier - Adirondack Council Program Analyst
One Last Chance to Speak Up for Wilderness...Before it's too late
As we enjoy the holiday season, reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the next, will you do one more thing for the Adirondacks? There's still time to send a letter to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and tell them that you want motor-free Wilderness for the Boreas Ponds. The APA will accept your comments until Friday, December 30.
December 22, 2016  |  by: The staff of the Adirondack Council
Happy Holidays from the Adirondack Council: Reflecting on 2016
The Adirondacks are covered in a beautiful blanket of fresh snow. The weather outside is cold and blustery. As you walk though the woods, you may notice the distinct scent of balsam, or hear a bird quietly flutter by. The Adirondacks sure are a beautiful place this time of year. It's peaceful and quiet outdoors, yet communities are bustling with holiday shoppers and skiers.
December 19, 2016  |  by: Kevin Chlad - Adirondack Council Director of Government Relations
"Lingchi" or "death by a thousand cuts" was once a gruesome act that now stands as a metaphor, encouraging all of us to be wise in considering cumulative impacts of any given activity. Our public lands, roads and health continue to play host to a litany of "tiny cuts" that when viewed as a whole paint a very clear picture that shows why we must enact broad reforms to ATV legislation in this legislative session.
December 13, 2016  |  by: Mary Godnick - Adirondack Council's Marketing and Development Assistant
Adirondack Park Agency Concludes Public Hearings on Boreas Ponds Land Classification
Hundreds of people from across New York State turned out at hearings hosted by the Adirondack Park Agency in November and December to express their opinions on how the state should classify the Boreas Ponds tract. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that has taken the time to write and speak up for Wilderness!
November 28, 2016  |  by: Mary Godnick - Marketing and Fund Development Assistant
Eleven Ways to Help the Adirondacks this Giving Tuesday!
This time of year, it's hard to see past the madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. It seems like many people are focused on getting their holiday shopping done before December even begins. Enter, Giving Tuesday. A "holiday" created in 2012 to use social media and collaboration to kick off year-end giving for non-profit and charitable organizations.
November 17, 2016  |  by: By Emily Liebelt, Adirondack Council Clarence Petty Intern
Local Action Needed for Resilient Farms
Adirondack farms give a wide range of benefits to the communities they belong to and to the environment that surrounds us all...and it must continue. Adirondack farms are thriving, but their success is hard-won in a region with many challenges, such as severe weather, dwindling local economies and rocky, acidic soils.
November 8, 2016  |  by: John F. Sheehan - Adirondack Council Director of Communications
Camp Fowler Lights Way to Brighter Future in Speculator
Camp Fowler, on the shores of Sacandaga Lake near Speculator, teaches kids more than how to make s'mores. Camp Director Kent Busman and his staff are completing an environmental transformation that will teach the campers about living sustainably, conserving energy and saving money.

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