• Wild Protective Services NYS Protects the Boreas Ponds Tract

    By Gary L. Karl Since 1895, the New York State Constitution has mandated that the State’s forest preserve in the Adirondacks “be forever kept as wild forest lands.” The “forever wild” clause means the State can’t sell or lease the forest preserve. It also means the State can’t log or

  • No-Salt Divorce

    By Gary L. Karl This winter some Adirondack towns and villages are restricting their salt intake for health reasons. Road salt, that is. They find that cutting back on road salt is healthier for their watersheds-and their budgets. The levels of salt in Lake George have tripled in the last

  • Down the Drain

    The Town of Horicon has shut down the watering tub for good The Watering Tub was a popular source of untreated spring water located near Route 8 in Brant Lake, adjacent to the Schroon River. It had many devotees—some claiming that the water had curative properties—who lined up to fill

  • Train Freeze:  Railcar Controversy Update

    The Iowa Pacific Railroad is running a tank bank in the Adirondack Park:  It stores, for a fee, out-of-service oil tanker railcars on idle Iowa Pacific tracks in the eastern High Peaks. Iowa Pacific says it needs to use its Adirondack tracks for storage because it can’t make money using

  • Old Railroad Tankers Rolling Into Adirondacks

    Old tankers, some rusting and covered in graffiti, are being moved into the Adirondacks for storage by the parent company of Saratoga and North Creek Railway. “A new plan has emerged from the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, an arm of Iowa Pacific Railway Company, to store hundreds of old, dilapidated

  • Banking On It

    By Gary L. Karl Horicon Town Supervisor Matt Simpson urges you to vote “yes” on the land bank amendment to the state Constitution. The “land bank” is officially called the Public Health and Safety Land Account and will be Ballot Proposal #3 this election day. And please don’t confuse the

  • Fall 2017 Conservationist for Kids

    Fall 2017 Issue of Conservationist for Kids Now Online The Fall 2017 issue of Conservationist for Kids is now available on our website. This issue introduces students to the topic of climate change, including its causes and effects. Students will also learn about ways to measure and reduce their “carbon footprint” and its impact on

  • Tick Tock

    Tick Tock by Richard F. Seegal, Ph.D Yes, that’s the sound a clock makes. But “tick” also refers to the insect responsible for many persistent and serious infections, which is a “timely” issue for us here in the Adirondacks. There are several different tick-borne diseases. This article will focus on

  • Northern Schroon Boat Decon Station

    ESSLA, SLA and PLA came together to purchase a boat decontamination station positioned at the northern end of Schroon Lake to further protect our waters. The Horicon boat decon station, spearheaded by ESSLA and the Town of Horicon, is the busiest in the Adirondacks, but for Lake George. This is

  • DEC WAVE Program

      ESSLA Board Member John Greening is a citizen scientist and certified Citizen Program Coordinator for  DEC’s WAVE program (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators), which gathers data for the agency’s Waterbody Inventory. Here John explains the WAVE program and invites you to volunteer to help him collect and interpret water