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View From Albany: Tick-Borne Diseases


For all of us who love the outdoors, a familiar annoyance is quickly transforming into a real health threat to humans. The blood-thirsty tick waits for us on the shrubby vegetation and leaf-litter of our backyards and favorite parks, and along the trails, streams, and lakes where we play. Most READ MORE

View from the Summit


In the nearly four decades that I have done conservation advocacy for ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), no single issue has occupied more of my efforts than the battle to reduce acid deposition in the Adirondacks.  In 1985, ADK worked hard to pass New York’s pioneering State Acid Rain Control Act READ MORE

Update on Rail Car storage in Adirondack Forest Preserve


Initially Ed Ellis, President of the Iowa Pacific Railroad, the owner of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, said he planned to generate income by storing several thousand rail cars on the 30 miles of the Tahawus Lines aka Sanford Lake Spur.  He was able to contract with Berkshire Hathaway READ MORE

A Letter to Governor Cuomo: Forest Preserve Tax Law


February 14, 2018 Hon. Andrew Cuomo, Governor State of New York Executive Chamber State Capitol Albany, NY 12224   Dear Governor Cuomo, We write to ask that you amend your proposed State Budget and legislative proposals in order to restore existing provisions of Real Property Tax law 534 and 542 READ MORE

ADK’s View on Boreas Ponds Tract Proposal


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has finally released its proposal for classification of the 20,543 acre Boreas Ponds Tract.  The APA will consider a proposal known as Alternative 2B at its meeting on February 1 and 2.  Alternative 2B is a compromise which is very close to the proposal endorsed READ MORE

Oil Tank Cars in the Adirondack Park


Update as of February 27 to article below:  The Adirondack Forest Preserve is still in danger of becoming a junk yard for obsolete oil tank rail cars. With your help we can stop greed from ruining our beautiful Forest Preserve. With your help progress has been made to protect the READ MORE

Should there be a NY Constitutional Convention?


When you go to your voting booth this November, you will be asked this question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the [state] constitution and amend the same.” Under our state constitution, every twenty years the citizens of New York are asked whether or not they wish to convene READ MORE

Forest Preserve Health and Safety Land Account


ADK supported two proposed amendments to the New York State Constitution in the 2017 regular session. The first of these is the Forest Preserve Health and Safety Land Account (i.e., a land bank), which passed both the Senate and the Assembly in 2016. This legislation is a joint resolution of READ MORE

Why Should You Care About the Environmental Protection Fund?


As you may have heard by now, the New York Governor’s budget is going to include $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). This is the largest the EPF has ever been and it’s over $100 million more than it was in 2015. This is great news for those who would label themselves “enviros” in New York. But why? What can we accomplish with $300 million dollars and how does it affect Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members directly? Well listen in, because this new line of funding has some significant impacts. Generically speaking this program protects open space, revitalizes waterfronts, supports recycling, preserves farmland, enhances water quality, and helps connect New Yorkers with the outdoors. It will enable the state to buy more Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks and Catskills. READ MORE

A Bigger High Peaks Wilderness


ADK has joined the Adirondack Council and other groups in a coordinated effort to lobby for the classification of the 21,000 acre Boreas Pond Tract as the newest addition to the High Peaks Wilderness. We expect the state to purchase the Boreas Ponds Tract from the Nature Conservancy before the READ MORE