June 28, 2016  |  by: John Sheehan - Adirondack Council Communications Director
Adirondack Park Agency Leadership is Evolving
The Adirondack Park Agency is undergoing significant changes in leadership. Two long-time board members will retire at the end of the month, including the chairwoman, while three new members were appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and confirmed by the state Senate. Retiring at the end of June are chairwoman Leilani C. Ulrich of Old Forge and board member Richard Booth of Ithaca.
June 21, 2016  |  by: Kevin Chlad - Adirondack Council Director of Government Relations
Legislature Helps Adirondacks Towns, Not Much for Environment
Adirondack Council supporters are grateful to the Legislature for paying careful attention to the needs of Adirondack Park communities at the end of the 2016 session. Some important community initiatives were addressed, with the help of thousands of letters from Council members and others who wrote to lawmakers in support of legislative initiatives proposed by local governments last week.
June 14, 2016  |  by: William C. Janeway - Adirondack Council Executive Director
Adirondack Council Urging Pro-Adirondack Legislative Votes
As the 2016 Legislative Session draws to a close, the Adirondack Council is working with local government officials to gain approval for a constitutional amendment that would expand the "forever wild" Forest Preserve and help communities address their needs for climate resiliency and telecommunications.
June 7, 2016  |  by: John F. Sheehan - Adirondack Council Director of Communications
Adirondack Energy Economy Conference Slated for State University of NY Polytechnic Institute
On June 14,, the 2016 Clean Energy Economy Conference is being held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica. The two-day conference is the third held at the new college by members of the North Country and Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Councils.
June 1, 2016  |  by: Diane Fish - Adirondack Council Deputy Director
Boreas Acquisition Latest Step Towards Wilderness Protection
Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to the Adirondacks on May 10 to celebrate the state's recent acquisition from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy of the Boreas Ponds tract. The Adirondack Council has been preparing for this announcement knowing that it would present a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand the High Peaks Wilderness Area and create 280,000 acres of contiguous Wilderness in the heart of the Adirondacks.
May 23, 2016  |  by: John Sheehan, Adirondack Council Communications Director
Study Showing that Wilderness Helps Adirondack Economy Will be Presented Thursday to Adirondack Research Consortium
Wilderness is what sets the Adirondack Park apart from all other protected forests in the Northeast. But does wilderness preservation harm economic growth? Do people shy away from buying homes and businesses inside the Adirondack Park? How about near Wilderness Areas? According to a recent study by Clarkson University, the answer is: No!
May 16, 2016  |  by: Joe Martens - Senior Fellow at the Open Space Institute
How the Deal Was Done
The is an account of how New York State purchased the Essex Chain Lakes parcel by Joe Martens who was the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation at the time.
April 27, 2016  |  by: John F. Sheehan - Adirondack Council Communications Director
Expanded ATV Riding Raises Big Concerns
ATVs are a persistent problem in the "forever wild" Adirondack Forest Preserve, where they can cause severe damage to trails and off-trail areas. The Adirondack Council supports a general ban on ATV riding in the Forest Preserve, but also supports the establishment of legal riding areas on private lands and on lands where the state has purchased recreation rights.
April 18, 2016  |  by: Kevin Chlad - Adirondack Council - Director of Government Relations
An Adirondack Park Agency Poised to Change
We are at a tipping point in the Adirondack Park. Both threats and opportunities seem greater than ever, with excitement swirling over the state acquisition of the Boreas Ponds tract and recent concerns expressed by Adirondack Park Agency (APA) board member Dick Booth about the trajectory of the agency.
April 11, 2016  |  by: Ray Johnson - guest author - founder and director of the Institute of Climate Studies
In Climate Science
Read Ray Johnson's blog on climate change and how, in this past February, we set a record. But it wasn't for anything good.

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