Vice-Chair, Conservation: Peter O'Shea, 315-848-2178
Recent Land Acquisitions Accolades should be accorded Governor Cuomo for his announcement of the state’s purchase of the remaining 69,000 acres of Finch-Pruyn lands. This purchase protects some of the most spectacular natural features in the entire park as well as providing exciting new recreational opportunities (see Adirondac and Adirondack Explorer for details).
EPF Expansion A bill to significantly expand funds available for the state’s Environmental Protection Fund has been passed by both houses of the legislature and is now on the governor’s desk for signing. It’s been a number of years since the full annual amount for EPF was set aside for its intended use.
New Canoe Access Route A new canoe access route has been established by the chapter with the northern sub office of DEC. It accesses the Raquette River off State Highway 56 north of Seveys Corner. Efforts are underway to secure more complete access by utilizing an old logging road off Route 3 that leads to the river and some currently inaccessible Forest Preserve acreage. Apparently this access route is legal at certain times of the year, but for unknown reasons DEC has not yet implemented it.
Rooftop Highway Proponents of this ill-conceived project are still trying to secure funding from the federal budget to begin a “first leg” of a long-term journey. This proposal has the potential to inflict considerable harm on the local environment.
APA reforms The major environmental groups are commencing a much-needed effort to strengthen APA land use regulations which proved woefully inadequate in the recent passage of the mammoth Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. At issue are, among other items, vagueness about the disposition of Resource Management lands and the necessity of biological surveys in development applications.
Hydrofracking After a DEC study and public review drawing massive volumes of comments, Governor Cuomo’s decision of whether and how to permit hydrofracking in New York State is expected to be announced soon.