Almanack Contributor Lisa Devaney

Lisa Devaney

Lisa Devaney is the granddaughter of Francis B. Rosevear, author of Colvin in the Adirondacks: A Chronology and Index. She is also an author herself of a cli-fi novel (climate change fiction) called In Ark: A Promise of Survival. To defend her view against open pit mining in the Adirondack forest preserve, she has created a hashtag #KeepAdirondacksForeverWild and launched a social media campaign. Visit her website at: www.lisadevaney.com


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Don’t Mine the Lichen: A Tourist Defends Her Adirondacks

Canopy of large, sugar maples growing on Lot 8, Jay Mountain Wilderness. Photo by Dan Plumley, Adirondack WildWhenever I think of the summers I spent as a kid, scrambling around the Adirondack’s High Peaks, I always remember my grandfather’s constant refrain: “Don’t step on the lichen!” A boisterous group of four kids from Long Island, we were, ascending those rugged mountains in tow behind our parents and grandparents throughout our childhood in the 70s and 80s.

There were times, especially on the cold rainy days, we kids would probably have preferred to watch television, but our daily routine during those summer visits was all nature, all the time – including bushwhacking excursions in search of historic landmarks and the legend of Verplanck Colvin, the 19th century surveyor whose work helped lead to the creation of Adirondack State Park. Oh those days, and what they taught us – to respect and love the fragile Adirondack eco-system, to cherish New York’s wildest region. These lessons have stayed with me throughout my life. » Continue Reading.