Vol. 2, No. 2: February 7, 2009
Remember When Winter Was Fun?
When you delighted in the magic of snow? Sledding, building snow forts, warming up with a cup of hot chocolate before a blazing fire? ADK's Winter Family Weekend at the historic Adirondak Loj offers a unique opportunity for you to recapture the magic of winters past and share that magic with your own children. You'll spend your days in a winter wonderland, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, identifying animal tracks in the snow. You'll spend your nights at the Loj, a classic Adirondack Great Camp, where you'll enjoy home-cooked meals and games and stories around the fire in the Great Room. Winter Family Weekend is Feb. 27-March 1, but anytime in late winter is a great time to visit the Heart Lake property and enjoy excellent cross-country skiing on ADK's 15 kilometers of ski trails. Check the High Peaks Information Center for the latest conditions or to rent skis or snowshoes. Click here for directions or here for the latest weather forecast.
EPA Withdraws Mercury Appeal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won't be going to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the Bush administration's flawed mercury emission regulation. You can read more about it here. Last year, a federal appeals court threw out EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR). The cap-and-trade program allowed polluters to buy pollution credits and emit mercury without pollution controls, which in turn resulted in regional mercury "hot spots. Read more about ADK's battle with EPA over the mercury rule here.
A state Supreme Court justice has rejected the Department of Environmental Conservation's attempt to derail a lawsuit over floatplane use on Lows Lake in the Adirondacks. ADK, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, the Sierra Club and the Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks sued DEC because the agency failed to abide by its commitment to ban floatplanes from the wilderness lake by January 2008. On January 21, Supreme Court Justice Michael Lynch denied DEC's motion to dismiss the case. While Justice Lynch's decision was procedural and did not deal with the merits of the case, he did indicate that he believes a unit management plan is legally binding, which
is important to this issue and potential future issues involving UMPs. Meanwhile, DEC has come up with a new amendment to the Bog River UMP that would allow floatplanes to use Lows Lake under a permit system through 2012. Read about DEC's latest proposal here.
Plastic Bag Recycling
A new state law requires larger stores to set up recycling programs for plastic bags. More here.
ADK in the News
Summit Steward Coordinator
Julia Goren has rejoined the Adirondack Mountain Club as summit steward coordinator.
Julia started out as a summer naturalist intern, providing informal interpretation on the top of Mt. Jo, staffing the Nature Museum, leading guided walks and doing Wednesday evening campfire presentations. When the summer ended, she stayed on in Education and in the High Peaks Information Center until becoming the community outreach Instructor. In this position, Julia assisted Reed Chambers (then community outreach coordinator) with the Marie Haberl School programs, the Saturday evening lecture series and other outreach programming. In the summer, she led a series of community hikes throughout the Tri-lakes region.
In the fall of 2005, Julia left ADK to attend Antioch University New England, where she received an MS in Environmental Studies in 2007. She returned to ADK in the summer of 2006 to work as the botany steward for the Summit Steward Program. Julia spent the field seasons of 2006 and 2007 working with the summit stewards and with ecologists from the New York Natural Heritage Program to establish accurate baseline population counts of the rare and endangered species found throughout the alpine zone. During these two summers, she sampled 9,950 meters of vegetation in 337 plots throughout the High Peaks. After the fall of 2007, Julia left ADK to join the staff of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development as regional educator.
While there, she conducted school programs, led field trips and organized a summer teacher training.
Keep on Pushing
ADK's Public Affairs staff would like to thank all of you who have supported our advocacy efforts with letters, e-mails and phone calls to state legislators. We're continuing to work to protect the viability of the Environmental Protection Fund and to ensure that the state pays its fair share of taxes on Forest Preserve land. Hopefully, we'll have some good news to report on these fronts in the next ADK Today.
ADK Today is an occasional compendium of news and views of interest to members of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK). It is produced and distributed by the ADK Communications Department, 301 Hamilton Street, Albany, NY 12210. Comments, questions or concerns about the content of this newsletter? Want to be added to or dropped from our distribution list? Send us an e-mail.