Adirondack Explorer

Adirondack Explorer July/August 2019

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Seven issues a year devoted to the enjoyment and protection of the Adirondack Park. In-depth writing and vivid photography bring the Adirondacks to life in tales of recreational adventure, coverage of environmental and policy issues and exploration of the communities that make up this unique six-million acre park.

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Debts cloud resort plan The developers of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort at Big Tupper were successfully sued by their attorneys and must pay their legal team $9 million, according to court papers. The case against Preserve Associates LLC, also known as Tupper Lake Preserve LLC, reveals the unpaid bills for legal services and discloses that the lawyers say the charges are justified in part because the controversial project has increased in value to more than $200 million by the developers’ own appraisal. MORE ON ADIRONDACKCLUB AND RESORT Preserve Associates has been pursued by their team of attorneys for payment on legal work done over 12 years of their relationship. Winning the judgment is the large Albany firm Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna. The firm is owed more than $8.2 million by the ownership team…

1 min.
walter mcgarry

Age: 32. Birthplace: North Adams, Mass. (Keene since age 2.) Residence: Keene. Occupation: Construction, and growing squash, garlic, corn and (attempting) okra on family’s land. Previously worked as a geologist in Colorado, and as regional market manager for Fledging Crow Vegetables. Accomplishments: 46er in 2015. Favorite hike/adventure: Canoeing on Lake Lila. If you can go in the middle of the week and get the lake to yourself, it is amazing. The fishing is great and there are loons everywhere. Favorite view: Walking out of the woods at Avalanche Lake. It is easy to forget how impressive that spot is with the cliffs shooting straight up from the water. Why I love the Adirondacks: There is always something to do. Sometimes I am too lazy to do it, but making maple syrup in the spring and hunting in…

11 min.
staking middle ground

On May 2, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 231-190 to pass its first climate bill in nearly a decade. Known as the Climate Action Now Act, it urges President Donald Trump to remain in the Obama-era Paris climate accord and take steps to reach its emissions goals. It is nowhere near as wide-ranging as the Green New Deal advanced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who nonetheless voted in favor of Climate Action Now. “I think we need to support whatever action on climate that we can get,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I certainly think that we need to do more, and it’s not about any one bill.” Perhaps a more significant vote in favor of Climate Action Now came from another New York representative, Elise Stefanik, one of only three House Republicans to…

2 min.
inspiration on the trails

Photographer Carl Heilman takes readers on a journey through his mountains in his newest book, “The Trails of the Adirondacks.” Released this spring by the Adirondack Mountain Club and Rizzoli International publishers, it is part of a series highlighting hiking trails across the country. Heilman was asked to provide hundreds of photos of Adirondack trails and destinations. Neal Burdick, the editor of the Adirondac, ADK’s magazine, was brought onto the team later to write the text. Unlike other books in the series, which feature single trails, Burdick wrote about multiple trails. “You can’t talk about one trail in the Adirondacks,” Burdick said. “I needed first to explain the Adirondacks a little bit because there’s so much. They’re just not like any region in the country. They’re not like any other mountain range.” Burdick contributed…

9 min.
from farm to hamlet

Adirondack communities are tackling a grocery divide. Drive around the park and, upon quick glance, it appears much of the health and wealth of a community can be determined by the access residents have to groceries in general and in particular fresh, healthy foods. After grocery store closings in communities across the region, grassroots initiatives are sprouting to build a stronger local food system and improve access to fresh foods for all residents, at the same time harnessing the strengths of the blossoming local food scene. Fresh options for Indian Lake Communities that lack close proximity to grocery stores are commonly known as food deserts. The USDA broadly defines food deserts as “areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and other foods that make up a complete diet.” More…

5 min.
with a chance of bears

It’s always a bit of a surprise when you look down at a trail register and see “We saw a bear!” scribbled in the notes section of the last entry. That’s what happened when I started my hike at Cook Mountain on a Saturday in early June. Immediately several thoughts raced through my mind when I saw the note. “Too bad I left my telephoto lens at home” came to mind, as did “I doubt I’ll see it anyway.” And then a short distance into the trip, I pretty much forgot about it. There have been plenty of times I’ve been hiking when bears had been spotted on my projected route. Rarely do the animals reappear. Plus, in this case, the sighting was the prior day. It was likely long gone. Lake George…