Adirondack Protections: Misunderstood and Badly Enforced

8/8/12 UPDATES on Sierra Club/Protect! Legal Challenge Documentation about the "Adirondack Club" Decision Links about the "Adirondack Club" Decision Critique of Park Agency
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March 23, 2012 -- An issue we have fought hard -- alone among downstate environmentalists in and outside government -- has seen a dramatic and hopeful new turn. The despicable 6,000 acre Adirondack Club and Resort project, approved by state officials in January, will be reviewed by the NY judicial system after a scorching appealk and press conference by the Sierra Club and a small but ferocious Adirondack environmental group called Protect the Adirondacks. Read the dramatic news coverage Click Here and Click Here. It is worth reading the actual legal brief as well, written by Glens Falls attorney John Caffry Click Here. Tell Protect! that you support them and the other plaintiffs Click Here. It is worth noting again that The New York Times and the NY public radio outlet WNYC consistently fail to cover this important NY environmental issue. You might want to pester them to show more interest.

Jan. 31, 2012 -- At this writing the terribly destructive proposed development in Tupper Lake, the heart of the Adirondacks, has been approved by the Adirondack Park Agency 11 days ago, and the fallout is still settling. We are re-organizing our web pages to prepare for the future needs of organizing opposition to this and starting or continuing action on other issues.

What is a common theme across these various issues we are adopting is that the power of money to afflict the environment around us is an inexorably present force, from a 6,000 acre tract of supposedly well-regulated forests in the Adirondacks to the third-acre plots that make up an upscale Long Island suburb, such as East Hills NY.

The forces of greed, vanity, and self-indulgence are always pushing at what little remains unspoiled. That is where we are trying to focus our attention and efforts -- at preserving what is unspoiled, in nature and in our "human" environmments. Of course as long as money and property govern big chunks of our lives, culture, and institutions, this fight will be a never-ending one, always a rear-guard action since the power will always have the advantage, and always push for more. And that is why we look beyond these episodal actions to larger socio-economic and cultural issues that must eventually be addressed to truly protect our common values and properties.See newspaper link Here and Public Radio website coverage of our "Protest" Here.