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July 25, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | July 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
July 23, 2019  |  by: Julia Randall - Adirondack Council's Clarence Petty Intern
Wild Thoughts
Wild Thoughts is a three-part blog series on wilderness ethics and management written in anticipation of the 2020 Adirondack Wilderness Symposium. Organized in part by the Adirondack Council, the Symposium will be open to the public and will feature programming on such varied topics as the legal status of wilderness in New York State, wilderness management in the era of climate change, and the more intangible, philosophical character of wilderness. Similarly, each segment of this summer-long blog series will tackle a different, broad wilderness-related question. Together, the Symposium and this blog series will seek to offer a comprehensive, 21st Century consideration of wilderness as a legal concept, an ecological condition and cultural phenomenon. 
July 17, 2019  |  by: Lizzie Fainberg, Essex Farm Institute Rural Law Fellow 
Agriculture in the Adirondacks: Past, Present, and Future 
Agriculture in the Adirondacks, much like in other regions of the country, has been experiencing both economic strain and a shift in farmer and operation demographics. In 2017, over half of farm operations in the Adirondacks experienced net losses. There are fewer farms in the region overall, although farms are, on average, getting larger.
July 12, 2019  |  by: John Sheehan - Adirondack Council Director of Communications
Creating Cleaner Energy Close to Home
Adirondack Park residents are surrounded by hydropower facilities that generate four times more power than all of the residents and businesses inside the Park can possibly use. But almost none of it is available for purchase by local consumers, except in communities with their own electric systems and contracts with the NY Power Authority. Instead, most Adirondack hydropower is transmitted downstate to meet the demands of 19.5 million residents.
July 9, 2019  |  by: Julia Goren - Adirondack Council Director of the Vision Project
Life in the Alpine Zone | Long-Term Monitoring in the Adirondack Park
Long-term monitoring is one of the most critical components of accurately assessing the health of an ecosystem. The Counci'ls Julia Goren and some other staff people spent the day on Wright Peak conducting some long-term monitoring of alpine plants.
July 1, 2019  |  by: John Sheehan - Adirondack Council Director of Communications
2019 NYS Legislative Session | An Adirondack Review
When the 2019 NYS Legislative Session ended on the morning of June 21, there were some clear statewide victories to celebrate for clean air, clean water and public health in the form of sweeping new laws that position New York as the global leader on climate change and provide grants for communities seeking to rebuild failing wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.
July 1, 2019  |  by: Emily Schwartz- - Adirondack Council Clarance Petty Intern
Building an Outdoor Ethic | Learning Leave No Trace
On June 13, the Adirondack Council staff spent a day at the Adirondak Loj immersing ourselves in everything Leave No Trace. Our work in advocating for state land stewardship goes hand in hand with the principles of Leave No Trace Outdoor Skills and Ethics, as they provide information on how to responsibly use and protect the natural environment through sustainable practices. Year-round the Council works to protect the water, forests, and mountains within the Adirondack's. With a stronger understanding of Leave No Trace, we can better advocate for the Adirondacks.  
June 25, 2019  |  by: Casey Marvell - Adirondack Council's Policy Fellow
5 Things You Need to Know | June 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.
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:

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