The 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.