Essex Chain by ©Nancie Battaglia
 

Essex Chain by ©Nancie Battaglia

Congratulations ADK! A recent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Protect the Adirondacks revealed that Adirondack conservationists delivered in force when it came to letting the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) know of their support for a Wilderness classification for the Essex Chain Lakes. The FOIL revealed that The APA received over 3,600 written comments and various petitions with nearly 2,500 signatures. An analysis of these comments found that between letters, emails, and petitions the public supported a Wilderness classification at a 4-1 rate over Wild Forest (i.e., a motorized designation). ADK members were a large part of this successful effort.
Action Needed
Now we need you to do it again! We have only a short time to let Governor Andrew Cuomo know that his constituents (and those who use and love—and spend money in—the Adirondack Park) want Wilderness.
We expect a final decision on the classification of the Finch Pruyn Lands and the
Essex Chain Lakes in late September or early October. We need you to
respectfully request that Governor Cuomo support a Wilderness Classification
for the Finch Pruyn Lands and the Essex Chain Lakes in our Adirondack Park.
Please also let the Governor know why the Adirondack Park is so important to
you and how its management and protection are deciding factors for you when it
is time for you to vote.
Governor Cuomo has three New York State Government designees who vote as APA Commissioners on Adirondack Park decisions. We need the Governor to understand the importance of having a Wilderness classification for the Finch Pruyn Lands as Wilderness. Most importantly, the Essex Chain Lakes, the Hudson River, and the Cedar River must be classified as motor-free. Governor Cuomo will also personally approve the final APA classification decision, so our effort now must be to help the Governor understand that New York wants Wilderness.