Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:
With the news that the Adirondack Park Agency has approved use of ProcellaCOR in Lake Luzerne, I thought it would be good to check with readers and get a feel for what you make of it. In light of the controversy in Lake George, should other Adirondack lakes be moving ahead? Is an herbicide the best tactic for removing/eradicating milfoil? Or should hand harvesting be the sole/preferred method?
For those who need a refresher, here’s an overview of the herbicide and its uses.
Eurasian watermilfoil, the pervasive invasive aquatic weed at the center of a debate over using herbicide in Adirondack waters. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig
From my colleague Zach Matson in his weekly “Water Line” newsletter:
John Thomas Brook in Franklin County flows south from its source near Kate Mountain to Twobridge Brook near Bloomingdale. It used to be named Negro Brook, before it was formally renamed last month by the U.S. Board of Geographical Names. Read Mike Lynch’s story on the history of the brook and John Thomas, an escaped slave who made his home in the North Country. The new name honors the deep history of Black Adirondackers and offers a step – albeit a small one – toward making the Adirondacks a bit more accepting to all.
Adirondack Diversity Initiative Executive Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher called it a “powerful gesture.” Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center Director David Fadden, whose home the stream flows past, said he was long embarrassed to share the old name.
“I always just had a bad feeling about that: the history and derogatory term used to name this beautiful little brook behind my house,” Fadden said.
What’s your reaction to this name change? What do you think next steps should be for other place names such as this one? (Please, let’s keep the discussion civil and bonus points for avoiding the word “woke.”)
Photo at top: This brook near Bloomingdale was recently renamed to John Thomas Brook, for a 19th century Black settler. Photo by Mike Lynch
Every day the Adirondack Explorer’s reporting focuses on Earth Day values: The importance of fresh air, clean water, wild forests. And ensuring everyone has access to those essentials. As well as how to strike the balance between human communities and the natural world.
In the Adirondack Park, those issues are front and center. The region serves as a world-class example of the importance of protecting our natural assets. Founded 25 years ago, Adirondack Explorer has served as a “voice of the park.” Since then, we’ve dived deep into reporting on the environment, recreation and human communities. As well as the tensions that can arise in this unique blend of private and public land.
Here’s a look at our team and some of their recent work, published daily on the Explorer website, that embodies “Earth Day, Every Day.” (And if you like what you’re reading, will you show your support with a donation this Earth Day?)
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