Adirondack Park Agency

Richard Booth
Adirondack Park Agency

Cornell University Professor of City and Regional Planning Richard Booth is one of two out-of-park commissioners at the Adirondack Park Agency.  The board is responsible for making the final decisions over land use and management within the Blue Line.  Booth, whose term ends June 30th, has become increasingly critical of the governor and what he says is the Cuomo administration’s influence over the APA Board.  As his term nears its end, Booth tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley he would not stay even if re-appointed.

Adirondack Park Agency headquarters
Mwanner at en.wikipedia

An Adirondack Park Agency commissioner is criticizing the Cuomo administration, saying the New York governor has exerted undue influence over decisions made at the agency, placing forest protections at risk.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The Preservation League of New York State has placed a controversial rail to trail project in the Adirondacks supported by the state on its list of historic properties the group says must be saved.

Howard Brier/Flickr

The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners has determined that a plan to convert part of an existing railbed to a recreational trail in the Adirondacks conforms to state land regulations.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Park Agency Board will decide on Thursday whether a plan to create a rail and trail corridor in the Adirondacks complies with the State Land Master Plan. The controversial issue has been debated for years.

Essex Chain Lakes Tract sign
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners approved a Unit Management Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes during their monthly meeting last week.  But some conservation groups say the plan violates state laws and regulations.

Essex Chain Lakes Tract sign
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Adirondack Park Agency commissioners will review a controversial land management plan at their monthly meeting tomorrow.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Park Agency is offering an economic development initiative to all 102 communities within the Blue Line following the completion of a pilot project.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve

An Adirondack advocacy group has issued a new report critical of the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s management of the park. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the DEC is disputing the findings.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State DEC has proposed a snowmobile trail plan in the central Adirondacks.  The issue was up for approval at Thursday’s Adirondack Park Agency meeting.

Carl Heilman II

The annual local government day conference between the Adirondack Park Agency and diverse interests within the park began this afternoon.

Adirondack Park Agency

A lawsuit that delayed construction of the Adirondack Club and Resort Project in Tupper Lake was thrown out last week. The ruling removed the last legal barrier to beginning construction of the development in the central Adirondacks.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

During its October monthly meeting, the Adirondack Park Agency board agreed to begin a public process to consider changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

wikipedia commons

A New York State court has dismissed an appeal of a unanimous ruling that upheld the Adirondack Park Agency’s approval of the Adirondack Club and Resort project in Tupper Lake. Supporters of this largest-ever proposal to come before the agency say the ruling should allow the project to move forward. But the opponents that sued to block it say they have another legal option they will pursue.

Two environmental groups are appealing an appellate court decision that rejected their challenge of a development project in the Adirondacks. The appeal request is not sitting well with supporters of the project.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

A New York State court has ruled against a challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency's approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort development in Tupper Lake.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

A state appeals court has ruled against a challenge to the Adirondack Park Agency's approval of a proposed 6,200-acre, year-round resort and residential development in Tupper Lake.

Essex Chain Lakes Tract sign
WAMC/Pat Bradley

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved the land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for 42,000 acres of land acquired by the state in 2012.

ADK Works

The contentious debate over a large development project in the Adirondacks continues as supporters have released a poll showing residents want the jobs that could result if the Adirondack Club and Resort breaks ground.

Carl Heilman II

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to strike a balance between economic development and preservation as he weighs the fate of the state's latest forestland acquisition in the Adirondack Park.

Adirondack Park Agency headquarters
Mwanner at en.wikipedia

It may be a few more months before the state agency that oversees the Adirondack Park decides the classification of newly obtained lands in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Last year New York State acquired 69-thousand acres of forest lands in the Adirondacks, and the lands must now be classified. The Adirondack Park Agency has been holding public hearings regarding the first three tracts of land and the final hearings are being held today in Albany and Queensbury. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley looks at the debate between conservationists and residents over the potential land designations.

Before wrapping up its business for the session, the New York state Legislature has acted upon a number of agency nominations. On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed two new Adirondack Park Agency board members and renewed the terms of others.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Adirondack Council wants the Adirondack Park Agency to hold a formal public hearing before deciding whether to allow the use of a chemical herbicide in a lake to kill an invasive plant.

Adirondack Park Agency commissioners have approved a General Permit for management of aquatic invasive species.  The permit restricts the use of mats that are used to smother non-native species like the Asian Clam, due to concerns that native shoreline ecosystems are being adversely affected.

Two conservation groups have re-submitted court papers in an attempt to obtain documents that they say prove state agencies improperly communicated with developers before approving the largest development project in the Adirondacks.

Big Tupper Ski Area

The Big Tupper Ski area in the Adirondacks will not open this winter, and the people operating it say it’s due to lawsuits that are trying to stop a large development that includes the mountain.