Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Issue Of ‘Explorer’ Analyzes Essex Chain Decision

Explorer Cover January 2014We’ve just finished the January/February issue of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine. Our lead story is a lengthy analysis and explanation of the Adirondack Park Agency’s classification of the former Finch, Pruyn lands—one of the agency’s most important, controversial, and complicated decisions of recent years.

My reporting for Adirondack Almanack—six stories in the week before the decision—laid the groundwork for the Explorer story, but the print article pulls it all together and adds quite a bit of new information. Fittingly, the Explorer will publish the article on the Almanack as well.

The Finch, Pruyn package takes up five of the newsmagazine’s sixty pages. Besides the main story, it includes two sidebars, several photos, a large color map, and a chart. The issue also contains an editorial in support of the APA’s decision–but with reservations.

What else is in the January/February issue? We won’t tell you everything, but the contents include stories about:

  •  Ski trips to High Rock on the Oswegatchie River and along the refurbished Mr. Van Ski Trail in the High Peaks Wilderness.
  •  The nearly finished Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake.
  •  A rift in the environmental community over a mining company’s proposal to buy a piece of the Forest Preserve.
  •  Lake Placid resident Lowell Bailey’s dream to win a biathlon medal in the Winter Olympics.
  •  The joys of wilderness skating.
  •  How two hotels might revitalize Saranac Lake’s downtown.

We’ll be posting several stories on the Explorer website as well as here on the Almanack. Links will be posted on Facebook.

Click here for information about Explorer subscriptions.

The Explorer’s cover photo was taken by Nancie Battaglia.


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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.Visit Lost Pond Press for more information.

One Response

  1. Scott van Laer says:

    Great cover Photo!

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