Adirondack Explorer

Adirondack Explorer July/August 2020

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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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Economic crash threatens environment spending Early this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo held what one might call an uplifting budget presentation before an audience of state workers and legislators packed in the Kitty Carlisle Theater at The Egg in Albany. READ MORE Cuomo is known for his pomp and circumstance, and during his January presentation larger-than-life slides showed sweeping vistas of New York, including the North Country, with promises to protect the environment. One of Cuomo’s highlights was a proposed 30-year, $3 billion environmental bond act and a 5-year, $33 billion plan to combat climate change. But the pomp has fizzled with the latest circumstances, as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic impact threatens much of the original budget. On closer examination, it’s clear that the $33 billion climate fund wasn’t necessarily a new initiative, but a totaling…

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brief bio

Margarethe (Molly) Gallagher Age: 58. Residence: Athol. Occupation: Retired (spring 2020)! Accomplishments: Almost 38 years with my wonderful husband, Jim. Thirty years of volunteering with a nonprofit animal shelter, wildlife rehab and environmental groups, and five years with Lower Adirondack Search & Rescue. Four years working for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and 26 with the Lake George Park Commission. Favorite adventure: Camping, kayaking and boating at Rollins Pond. Favorite view: Sunset from Raquette Pond. Why Lake George matters: It's not called the “Queen” for nothing. It's simply a magnificent lake, and the commission protecting it is one of a kind, and always at the forefront of lake issues. How Lake George is changing: The lake is always in peril of being loved to death. The manor estates get subdivided, or converted to cottage colonies,…

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21st century lakes

As climate change ripples across the Adirondacks, researchers and activists are worried they don’t know what warming water is doing to fish in the region’s thousands of lakes and ponds. Now they’re looking to an old problem for a solution. In the 1980s, acid rain was crippling lakes across the Adirondacks, but nobody was sure how badly. To figure it out, the state helped launch a massive survey of the damage. The extraordinary effort, unlike any undertaken before or since, sent researchers through forests, across wetlands and up mountains to measure, sample and fish from half of the region’s lakes in just four years. Between 1984 and 1987 the state-backed Adirondack Lake Survey Corp. visited 1,469 lakes and ponds looking for patterns in the geology, chemistry and life of each lake. Surveyors found acid rain…

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leash the hounds

Dogs are our companions, our friends, our family members. So for many of us, it’s only natural that our dogs join us on outdoor adventures. The effort to bring them along is rewarded with happy dog “grins,” a furry body curled next to our sleeping bags in the wilderness, and sometimes a soft head laid in our laps. But even dog lovers may find themselves frustrated, annoyed, or even enraged by dogs they encounter on the trail. There’s the dog that sneaks up behind you on a mountain summit and steals your sandwich. The dog that rushes up to greet you and gets mud all over your pants. The dog that lunges at your child, growling, as you pass on a narrow trail. The dog that chases wildlife or, worse, kills it. And, sometimes, the dog…

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paws on a mission

IT WAS A CANINE CONVENTION atop Coney Mountain. Chili, our rambunctious mutt (best guess a shepherd-border collie mix), strained at his leash, eager to cross the rocky plateau and greet a golden retriever named Kiefer. Manny, our aged Gordon setter, ignored another mutt circling the summit. Manny’s heavy panting and paw-dragging hinted that maybe this hill climb—despite its sweeping views of Tupper Lake and surrounding mountains—should be his last. And then there was Cleo, a fluffy white hulk of Great Pyrenees, sprawled out and smiling at them all. She and Kiefer, both Canadians who summer in the Adirondacks, had come to Coney because of two words, hyphenated: off-leash. “It’s the highlight of our summer,” said John Bell of Mississauga, Ontario, who hiked with Kiefer. “Definitely: Dog-friendly hikes, we look for.” That frequently sends them to…

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echoes from the cure cottage

Describing the storied historical arc of the Trudeau Institute to a reunion of alumni last summer, President and Director Atsuo Kuki used a word that usually gives scientists hives. “Magical.” Certainly there were magical elements to the Trudeau Institute’s legacy, both in terms of scientific accomplishment and Adirondack mystique, but at the time even Kuki himself didn’t know the half of it. A highly infectious virus was about to change everything. Some in the audience that day had experienced the institute’s darkest hours earlier in the decade, when federal funding was becoming scarce, top scientists were departing and the board was said to be listening to offers of relocation from other states licking their chops at the prestige the Trudeau name would bring to their research centers. But over the past five years, the…