Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A High Peaks panel discussion

cascade welcome center sign

Thanks very much to those who came out to our panel discussion at the Adirondack Mountain Club’s new visitor center last week. As part of our ongoing solutions reporting, the event focused on issues around High Peaks use. We had a great team of experts to talk about the importance of data collection for making management decisions and the importance of visitor centers, stewards and forest rangers for educating the public. Our audience had some wonderful insight and questions, too.

If you weren’t able to make it out, but are interested in watching, you can check out our video below.

YouTube video

 

Over the last couple of weeks I have been polishing an in-depth story for our next issue of the magazine about the last environmental bond act New Yorkers passed in 1996 under Republican Gov. George Pataki. We’ve had some interesting reads up online by my colleagues. For example, here is a report on U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s environmental marks.

And those who are into drone photography, you won’t want to miss this overview of the rules and regulations. Based on some interactions on different social media platforms, there are people out there who fly drones in the Adirondacks in areas they are not allowed. Some accounts focused on Leave No Trace try to educate those photographers. We hope this overview will help, too.

A quick plug, I’m going to be at the Lake George Stewarts this Wednesday (7/27) with my coworkers for the Explorer’s summer outreach tour. If you’d like to pop in and say hello, I’ll be there from 9-11 a.m. Water reporter Zach Matson will be at the Lake Luzerne Stewarts that afternoon. You can read more about the outreach tour here. If you can’t make it out to those, too, we’re always happy to hear from you via email or by answering this reader survey.

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. JB says:

    I thought that some quite sensible words were said in the panel discussion (paraphrasing): “we need to prevent problems before they happen”; “Visitor-Use Management may be an unsavory term, but at least it’s calling the issue for what it is”; “part of the problem is that Adirondack Park management doesn’t have a single unified voice”. There was a lot of ground covered, but much more remains. What was said is barely scratching the surface of the tip of the iceberg of conservation management. However many panel discussions and follow-ups it takes, hopefully one day there will at least be a public understanding that there *is* actually an iceberg down there.

    Anyway, excellent job Gwen.

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