Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ADK Lecture Series Focuses on Outdoors, Environment

The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) summer lecture series at the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) will focus on the glories of the natural world and serious environmental threats that could greatly alter that world.

The Saturday evening series will include talks on climate change by author Jerry Jenkins and hydraulic fracturing by ADK Executive Director Neil Woodworth; presentations about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the backcountry of New Zealand; and even a night of music with the eclectic sounds of Annie and The Hedonists.

Saturday evening lectures at HPIC begin at 8 p.m. All programs are free and open to the public. HPIC is located on ADK’s Heart Lake property on Adirondack Loj Road, about 8 miles south of Lake Placid.

June 23: Climate Change in the Adirondacks: What is Happening, How Vulnerable Are We?

Join Jerry Jenkins, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program, as he talks about climate change in the Adirondacks. He is the author of “Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability,” a newly released book on the local implications of climate change, published by the Cornell University Press. Come see how climate change is affecting the Adirondacks.

June 30: Annie and The Hedonists

Listen to the wonderful musical talents of Annie and The Hedonists. These talented musicians from Schenectady are making their journey up North to help us celebrate summer in the Adirondacks. You’ll enjoy beautiful vocals and harmonies that are blended into an eclectic mix of acoustic folk, torchy blues, standards, bluegrass, gospel, early jazz and more.

July 7: Hydrofracking in New York

Hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracking, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used to release petroleum, natural gas or other substances from the ground. In recent years this technique has come under fire because of concerns of its possible negative environmental impacts and human health effects. Neil Woodworth, ADK’s executive director, will discuss what hydrofracking is, its potential impact on the environment and legislation concerning this topic.

July 14: Invasive Forest Pests: Serious Potential Threats to the North Country Forests

Join Thomas Colarusso from the USDA and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as he talks about a few of the invasive forest pests that are threatening our Adirondack forests today. Invasive species are getting more attention these days as different pests are popping up all around the country and state. The emerald ash borer is a beetle that kills ash trees and was recently found in other parts of New York State. The Asian longhorned beetle is a large beetle that has the potential to kill over a dozen species of trees and is a risk for introduction to the Northeast. Come hear how you can help by slowing and stopping the spread of pests like these.

July 21: A Journey on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

Join Mike Lynch for a multimedia slideshow on his 45-day trip on the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail in the summer of 2011. Lynch will talk about essential gear for this long-distance trip, challenges he faced along the way and some of the voyage’s highlights involving people, places and wildlife he encountered.

July 28: From New York to New Zealand: Exploring a Different Kind of Backcountry

Join Jackie Keating for a reflection on her time in one of the most photogenic countries in the world: New Zealand. Participants will learn about New Zealand culture, the secrets of a different kind of backcountry, logistics of New Zealand travel, and reflections on a new found appreciation for the unique aspects of our own Adirondack wilderness.

Aug. 4: The World of John Burroughs

Edward Kanze, author of “The World of John Burroughs,” will tell the story of the great New York State naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) through words and pictures. Burroughs, a naturalist and writer, enjoyed enormous popularity and influence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Directly and indirectly, through his friendships with Walt Whitman, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, Burroughs helped launch the conservation movement in America and abroad.

The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is the oldest and largest organization dedicated to the protection of the New York State Forest Preserve. ADK is a nonprofit, membership organization that protects the Forest Preserve, state parks and other wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. For more information about ADK, visit their website at www.adk.org.

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11 Responses

  1. Mick says:

    John, it’s interesting you should bring this up. I read this yesterday:

    Northern Boreal Forests at Risk

    Through a Freedom of Information request, DEC admitted to me that they have no control plans for invasive species outbreaks in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. For most insect infestations, the preferred control prescription is removal, that is, logging (A.K.A. mechanical control), which is strictly prohibited under State Constitutional Law. That leaves two options, biological control and chemical control. To date there are no biological controls for Emerald Ash Borer or Asian Long-Horned Beetle. Both species are an imminent threat to Adirondack forests. Chemical control brings many questions. Who would like to see tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of acres sprayed with insecticides?

    Demand forest protection! Demand that the Governor allow this land to remain in private ownership!

    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTHXPJwaLTc&feature=related

    This was posted on a petition site, and it makes good sense. Forest Preserve land IS unprotected. It would be a sin if the forests were decimated because of state doctrine. Wouldn’t you agree?

    • John Warren John Warren says:

      No Mick, I wouldn’t agree. Your logic is pretty flawed as it usually is when you try to wedge your anti-Forest Preserve argument into every conceivable issue.

      Would you require private landowners to have an invasive plan? Otherwise, private land is also unprotected. Demand forest protection Mick! Or maybe you’re not at all interested in that?

      And please, don’t answer without evidence that private land is better stewarded than public land. That’s just another oft-repeated but never proven opinion of the few remaining folks in the anti-Forest Preserve gang. History shows that is not nearly the case.

    • Bob says:

      Agree with John. You are stretching this issue well beyond its elasticity to adhere to your talking point. You do make a valid point, as I state below but your stretching.

  2. Mick says:

    John,

    When I studied forest protection, we had a chance to closely evaluate the Spruce Budworm infestation in Maine. There was a very distinct demarcation between the public and private forests. The private forests were protected were saved, and were healthy. The public forests suffered severe mortality. Some still haven’t recovered

    I have worked in EVERY aspect of forestry, from planting to harvesting, and all types of management and protection in between.

    Now, after 30 years in the forest products industry, I see more imminent threat to forests than ever before. Global warming, in large part, has triggered an increased threat from both invasive and native species.

    Of course private forests are better protected. At least they have a chance for protection. Forest Preserve forests can’t be protected.

    Attend the event. Ask any forester. Then write about it.

    • Bob says:

      Your point is only valid when the term “forest” is limited to the trees, and then only when you are thinking of them as a commodity or product. Try taking a landscape view.

      I do agree that cutting of Forest Preserve lands could be necessary in an “Armegeddon” type scenario for ecosystem health.

      One of the things that makes the ADK park so great is our mix of working forest and Forest Preserve. My only gripe is that the DEC does not allow natural fires to burn in remote locations.

  3. Mick says:

    John, here is some good information for your readers. I hope you appreciate this as well:

    http://www.adkinvasives.com/documents/InvasivePlantsoftheAdirondacksBrochure.pdf

    We often overlook the impact of invasive plants, but they can easily and severely disrupt forest ecosystems.

    There is a lot of focus on insect infestation , as there should be. Western New York just got hit hard. Most people have heard about the millions of acres of forest die off in Colorado and Quebec. Something like this could just as easily happen in the Adirondacks.

    DEC needs to have a clear stand on this position. I remember when Pete Grannis said they’d worry about it when it happened. That doesn’t sound like good planning to me.

  4. John Warren John Warren says:

    So, not a shred of actual evidence.

    If you want to see forests that haven’t fully recovered – take a look around the Adirondacks and see what 100 years of pulp and paper management has wrought on private lands. Any logger working in the woods today who I’ve talked to (and there aren’t to many of them) says that the small trees they’re cutting are the result of past unsustainable management practiced by private landowners – mostly paper companies.

  5. John Warren John Warren says:

    Mick, let’s see just how much BS you are trying to pass off as fact. How about you provide the source for your claim that “Pete Grannis said they’d worry about it when it happened”

    BTW, I’m aware of the issues with invasives. The Almanack has covered them extensively for years: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/tag/invasive-species

  6. Mick says:

    Hi John,

    Perhaps this will clarify my statement:

    Invasive species

    Grannis said the DEC is very concerned about, and also overwhelmed by, the quick spread of invasive species. If tree-killing bugs like the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer get into the Forest Preserve, it could cause state constitutional problems because the main way to stem the spread of these insects is to cut trees, which isn’t allowed in the Preserve. Grannis said the DEC does not have a plan about what to do if this happens.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.lakeplacidnews.com/page/content.detail/id/501474/DEC-struggles-to-do-with-less.html?nav=5008

    John, who were the private landowners and loggers you spoke with?

    John, are you familiar with sustainable forest management practices, and the Forest Stewardship Council?

    Did you have a chance to watch the video on forest protection and invasive species?

  7. Mick says:

    Hi John, this is from McCrea Burnham of the DEC:

    To the best of my knowledge that does not exist. The Department has not developed plans for hypothetical outbreaks of bugs. We have also found that any kind of generic plan would be pointless. We have the Sirex Woodwasp in the Adirondack Park now, at this point all we are doing is studying the bug and monitoring the situations.

    If and when we get EAB or ALB in the Adirondack Park, the action plans would look very different. Quite possible in the case of EAB, we may do nothing which would be following in the footsteps of many other states in declaring defeat. We know the ALB has be successfully eradicated in few places, so there may be a push to eradicate ALB.

    The Department hosted two round tables to discuss this topic publicly. Attached you will find 2 power points which were included in the response to you that are on this very subject, but they are not plans and were used just for discussion purposes.

    Thanks,
    McCrea

    • Bob says:

      What is McCrea Burnham, position in DEC? I don’t think it’s impossible for DEC to have preplan that could even include cutting. They do lots of cutting now when there is a fire, rescue, hurricane, ice storm..etc That must be done under certain emergency auspices.

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