The Adirondack Council has announced its legislative priorities agenda for 2016, that will have the environmental protection organization urging state lawmakers to expand the High Peaks Wilderness, ban most all-terrain vehicles permanently from the “forever wild” Forest Preserve, and address community infrastructure needs. Continue reading
The globally unique Adirondack Park is poised for change—either for good or for ill—according to the Adirondack Council’s State of the Park report for 2015.
Much depends on the political leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, said Adirondack Council Executive Director William Janeway.
Changes that are good for clean water, wildlife, wilderness and communities are necessary to insure the park’s future, he said. Continue reading
By Jay Lawson
The Adirondack Council, though largely pleased with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s stated focus for the Adirondacks in 2015, is calling on the New York State Legislature to go even farther than proposals being advocated by the governor.
The Adirondack Council released its State of the Park report for 2014 on Wednesday, September 3, giving a detailed account of the accomplishments, major challenges, and disappointments from local, state and federal officials’ actions affecting the Park over the past year.
The best ways for government officials to help the Adirondack Park would be with significant new investments in clean water, infrastructure and invasive species controls, plus science-based reform of the rules and regulations for development, the report concluded. Continue reading
Across New York, prominent advocates for clean water, open space and community health have called on the Governor and Legislature to use a small portion of this year’s surplus to restore environmental funding to the State Budget.
Will New York’s leaders make the kind of investments in clean water, green jobs and infrastructure that are already working to protect the environment and stimulate the economy in the Adirondack Park?
Yes, the State is doing something right in your Adirondack Park.
It is working in partnership with leading environmental advocates (including the Adirondack Council), local towns, and other stakeholders. Continue reading
In the wake of Wednesday’s State of the State Address by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Adirondack Council said it was pleased with proposed initiatives to improve tourism and rural infrastructure, but dismayed at what it describes as a weak emphasis on state environmental quality.
Specifically, the funds seem to be lacking, said William C. Janeway, the environmental group’s executive director.
Among the actions needed are an update of aging land development regulations, measures to curb climate change impacts, a prevention of the spread of invasive species, and assurances that all-terrain vehicles will be kept off public forest lands. Continue reading
Proposition 4 passed with an approval rate of about 72 percent. Proposition 5 passed by about 53 percent.
The Adirondack Park belongs to all New Yorkers. We are pleased to see that the voters support the Adirondack Forest Preserve. It shows they care deeply about the Adirondack Park.
It is our treasure: six million acres of clean water, open space and historic communities, the largest park in the contiguous United States.
We are grateful that the voters approved these two Constitutional Amendments authorizing land swaps involving the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve.
It shows that voters value the environmental and economic benefits of the State’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park.