Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Adirondack Explorer: APA Series, Shorelines At Risk, More

The Adirondack Explorer has just published the second installment in a series of articles looking at the performance of the Adirondack Park Agency and the adequacy of its regulations.

In the September/October issue, North Country Public Radio reporter Brian Mann looks at the consequences of political compromises that watered down shoreline protections in the early 1970s.

APA regulations allow more development along the water than away from it, which critics say is the exact opposite of what should be allowed.

Peter S. Paine Jr., one of the original APA board members, recalls how the shoreline rules were weakened before the state legislature adopted the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan. “I know exactly how it happened because I was there,” he said “There were negotiations in smoke-filled rooms in the small hours of the morning. I told them, ‘This thing has already been compromised enough,’ and they threw me out of the room. And then they proceeded to further weaken it.”

You can click here to read Brian’s story.

Several other articles are available online, including:

That’s just a sampling of the stuff in the latest issue. You’ll also find articles on a new trail up Cheney Mountain, the most remote spot (supposedly) in the Adirondacks, the centennial of the Ranger School in Wanakena, the effect of mercury on loons, and two great fall canoe hikes, and much more.

Nancy Ford took a wonderful cover photo of a guy diving into the Oswegatchie in front of the Ranger School.


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Phil Brown

Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack.

Phil is also an energetic outdoorsman whose job and personal interests often find him hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing.

He is the author of Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, which he co-published with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the editor of Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, an anthology of Marshall’s writings.

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