Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Adirondack Council’s APA Meeting Comments

Adirondack Council logoThe Adirondack Council has reviewed the agenda for the upcoming June 13-14 Adirondack Park Agency Board meeting. Conservation Director Rocci Aguirre has offered the following comments and suggestions in a letter to the APA:

Primitive Tent Site Guidance

Board Authorization is required to proceed to public comment portion of the APA’s review. The Council supports the commencement of a public comment period.

Primitive tent site management is an important facet of state land stewardship within the Adirondack Park, particularly in light of the pervasive high levels of users and natural resource degradation being experienced throughout the Park.

In comments submitted on January 22, 2018, the Council raised a number of concerns for consideration. The Council looks forward to reviewing the Primitive Tent Site Guidance to see how these issues were addressed and to better understand why the Wildland Campsite Impact Monitoring Manual was removed from the guidance document.

New Agency Application for Commercial Solar Generation Facilities

The Council looks forward to the Agency’s presentation on the draft application for commercial solar generation facilities.

As noted in our Adirondack Park Renewable Energy Development Principles, “The path towards a cleaner future is rooted in natural landscape protection, the propagation of renewable energy sources, and the adoption of energy conservation practices.”

While a solar application is a component of that path forward, a comprehensive Park-wide renewable energy policy is still needed to ensure a cleaner future for the Adirondacks.

As existing technologies evolve and new ones are developed, having a comprehensive policy that delineates clear goals and boundaries for renewable energy development and energy conservation. This will be essential to protecting, and augmenting, the natural health and beauty of the Park.

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As Director of Conservation for the Adirondack Council, Rocci Aguirre is responsible for the design and implementation of the Council's conservation strategy. Rocci graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1995 and holds a MS in Resource Management and Conservation from Antioch University New England.

Rocci's connection to the Adirondacks goes back to his days as a student in Cortland's recreation department. When not fly fishing or hunting, Rocci can usually be found hiking in the woods looking for chanterelles or other delicious ingredients to add to the supper pot.

One Response

  1. Kevin Sigourney says:

    Climate and Community Protection Act and the Climate Leadership Act

    Dear Sirs/Madams,

    Please, stop pushing Gov. Cuomo’s idiocracy! The Adirondacks is not the place to push his ideas about climate change and the need for “green” energies in and around the Adirondack Park! “The Park” does not generate enough emissions to warrant the trashing of it via industrial wind farms and/or solar plants. These technolgies do not protect our clean air (including sound quality), water, rare and/or endangerd flora & fauna. They certainly do not protect our human rights to a peaceful existence if you live anywhere near them. They are intrusive in every way imaginable.

    I am writing this from personal experience. These behemoths (wind turbines) infiltrated my quiet and peaceful life. I experienced headaches, earaches and sleep deprivation from infrasound and loudness. They were making me sick. I had to sell cheap and move. Oh, I know that wind farm companies and other legislation has ideas about safe distances from the public, but they are lying and/or wrong! Wind and solar farm developers will seek to build as close to the grid as possible so they can tap into current infrastructure. So, where would this place them? Right in the laps of the general public.

    They also do exactly the opposite of protecting our natural environment. The construction, operation (which uses electricity by the way), and deconstruction after their viable use, does not outweigh carbon emissions generated in the Adirondacks or surrounding areas. The carbon footprint, and amount of toxic minerals and chemicals that go into these “green” technologies is absurd. To think that the above mentioned alternative energies do anything but harm our human and environmental health is ludicrous!

    Oh, and as far as aesthetic value of The Adirondack Park goes, it is priceless! Leave it alone! “Forever Wild” meant something when it was written and means even more today! Attack the polluters, not an area that already helps diminish carbon emissions.

    Anyone that enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, climbing mountains, etc in the relatively pristine Adirondacks, will be sadly dissapointed when they see 500-700 foot wind turbines in their view and/or birds being literally burned into a puff of smoke from industrial solar plants.

    You are only pushing a political agenda that needs to end!