Local efforts in sustainability

Every resident of the Adirondacks can tell you their favorite thing about living here, whether its the iconic Adirondack chairs sitting in the morning light out on the dock, or the spectacular views of the ranges covered in a dusting of gleaming winter snow that grace our skyline. Our region has been a traditional destination for travelers for over one hundred years now, but that doesnt mean that nothing has changed. As time goes by, our communities face new issues that we must confront in order to move forward. Forty years ago, nobody was thinking about invasive species or cell phone access. Now, these issues arise to challenge our collective imagination to find ways of solving them. To keep our sanctuary of unspoiled wilderness and magnificent backcountry safe, we need to lead the way by supporting efforts to preserve the land that supports our livelihoods. On Friday, Nov. 2, the Visitors Bureau co-sponsored an open legislative breakfast with the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association which provided a forum for local and state officials as well as area residents to exchange their views on local and state economic and environmental issues. Of special interest to the region is the multifaceted problem of invasive species control. We recognize that ongoing environmental efforts must include ways of tackling this growing predicament just as we work to preserve the sanctity of our forests and streams. In a nutshell, invasive species arent endemic to the area but have invariably been relocated and are now taking over niches in local ecosystems, driving out the original flora and fauna. Invasive plants primarily concern our local economy since they tend to clog heavily used waterways and take over recreational zones, rendering them unusable. Like invasive plants, each of the issues we face impacts a variety of individuals and groups - each with their own perspective on the situation. By working together we can voice our own perspective on these kinds of issues and help work together to create a solution. We must confront them with the confidence that drives the region and that will continue to maintain our great Adirondack tradition of ecological and economic sustainability.

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