Tuesday, May 10, 2022

APA to vote on Whiteface amendment


The Adirondack Park Agency is meeting in person this week for the first time since last summer. The two-day meeting will start at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the APA’s Ray Brook headquarters. It will pick back up at 9 a.m. on Friday. The meeting will be broadcast live online, but public comment will have to be made in person. Face masks are not required but encouraged, the agency wrote.

There are several projects the board is expected to vote on including an amendment to the Whiteface Ski Center Unit Management Plan. More background on that here. Staff are recommending approval for the amendment’s conformance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

Also on Thursday, the board will hear a presentation about road mileage within wild forest areas. There’s yet another solar panel installation up for approval, too, in the Champlain Valley. The board will hear during the regulatory programs committee about a proposal for a 5-megawatt solar facility in the town of Ticonderoga.

On Friday, the APA will hear from nonprofit organizations about invasive species in the park and get an update on last year’s efforts to curb their spread. The full board is expected to reconvene at 10 a.m. and vote on Thursday’s committee recommendations. You can check out the agency’s agenda here.

Check out our website for a round-up of four constitutional amendments state lawmakers are examining that would impact the Adirondack Park. The amendments involve additional ski trails at Mount Van Hoevenberg, an emergency services tower on Cathead Mountain, the sale of Camp Gabriels and a land swap to save Debar Lodge from demolition. Time is running out for first passage of these amendments. The state Legislature session is set to end June 2.

Last week I also got a chance to catch up with Brian Mann, a reporter with National Public Radio who was the long-time Adirondacks reporter for North Country Public Radio. Mann has been covering the war in Ukraine for the last month or so and is on his way home to Westport. Check out that story here.

Photo: Writers advocating for uphill skiing dominated the more than 50 responses received by the Olympic Regional Development Authority on its plan to cut trees, widen trails, create shortcuts, add a lift and build a mountain biking network at Whiteface. Explorer file photo by Mike Lynch

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

One Response

  1. Big Burly says:

    So sad to hear about Brian Mann

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