Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Solar eclipse

girl scout wear eclipse glasses


Explorer staff and correspondents were stationed across the region to bring you solar eclipse coverage. Check out our website and social media accounts for updates, photos and more. Read our story here.

Forest Rangers

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is working with the Department of Health to provide new medical training to forest rangers across the state. But some union representatives are concerned that the switch away from Wilderness Medical Associates International will be problematic to complicated backcountry rescues.

Forest rangers

DEC Forest Rangers work with Lake Placid volunteer ambulance service personnel to transfer a rescued ice climber from a snowmobile to an ambulance. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is changing the medical training for forest rangers. Some think it is a mistake. Photo by Eric Teed.

Read our story here.


The pun circulating Albany…the solar eclipse has eclipsed state budget negotiations. We are still without a state budget, which is eight days late. We are keeping an eye out on when legislators and Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration come to an agreement.

Here’s a reminder that the Adirondack Explorer and the Times Union of Albany are hosting a legislative event. From 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, we will hold a panel discussion called “Navigating Environmental Legislation,” at The Times Union, 645 Albany Shaker Road Albany, NY 12211.

The panel includes:

  • Blair Horner, executive director of New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG);
  • Sen. Peter Harkham, chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee;
  • Sen. Dan Stec, ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee;
  • Assemblymember Deborah Glick, chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee; and
  • Assemblymember Matt Simpson, ranking member of the Environmental Conservation committee.

Register for this free event!


In case you missed it, we profiled the upcoming executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, Claudia Braymer, in our latest print issue of the Explorer. Braymer will be taking the reins from Peter Bauer at the start of 2025.

Women play rugby

Claudia Braymer, future executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, is a two-time World Cup rugby competitor. Photo provided.

Read the story here.

Adirondack Park Agency

APA public comments

The APA is slated to meet next Thursday. You can review the draft agenda here: https://apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2024/04/fullAgency.htm.

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.

  • The town of Bolton is planning to treat Japanese stiltgrass with herbicides in the Lake George Wild Forest. Submit public comments by April 17. To learn more and to submit comments, go to https://dec.ny.gov/news/environmental-notice-bulletin/2024-04-03/seqr/town-of-bolton-herbicide-treatment-of-invasive-japanese-stiltgrass.
  • Erie Boulevard Hydropower, L.P. has submitted an application requesting a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the relicensing of the West Canada Creek Hydroelectric Project (Project) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Project consists of two hydroelectric facilities, Prospect and Trenton, and located in the Town of Trenton in Oneida County, and the Town of Russia in Herkimer County.Erie proposes to continue pulsing operation of the Project’s two facilities totaling 39.75-megawatts of capacity. The Project will be operated in compliance with a signed an executed Settlement Agreement between Erie, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Trout Unlimited (TU). The DEC is proposing issuance of a 40-year Water Quality Certification, to run concurrently with the FERC issued license. Comments are due by April 18. To learn more and submit comments, go to https://dec.ny.gov/news/environmental-notice-bulletin/2024-04-03/completed-application/towns-of-trenton-and-russia-west-canada-hydroelectric-facility.

Photo at top: The Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and their families watch the solar eclipse at Hidden Lake Camp in Lake Luzerne. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig.

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.

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