Elizabethtown Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway met with members of the Denton Publications Editorial Board Oct. 17 to talk about current issues a day after the environmental group released its annual State of the Park report.
Members of the Denton staff were Managing Editor John Gereau, Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn, Times of Ti Editor Fred Herbst and Valley News Editor Keith Lobdell. They asked Janeway questions about the plan, and the following are his answers.
Editorial Board: You said you support Prop 4 and Prop 5 on the ballot because they follow the Adirondack Council’s criteria for land swaps. What is that criteria?
Willie Janeway: There are really six points to our criteria for a land swap. The lands that came out cannot be critical or unique ecologically. The lands coming in should be ecologically superior to the land that is going out. It should not establish a precedent. There should be a specific use. It should be for an important community benefit, and you do not have a community if you do not have jobs. Also, it has to be a win-win for the Forest Preserve and for the community.
He added, “NYCO has been challenging and we have not always seen eye-to-eye, but we laid out our principles and said if you meet these, then we will support it. It is going to be a big lift because people see it as a land sale for $1 million. I wish it were called the Jay Mountain Wilderness Expansion Proposition instead because that is a more representative title.”
EB: One of your consistent “thumbs down” themes concerned the changing of the DEC permit allowing Essex County to begin work on Little Whiteface before a study on the Bicknell’s thrush mating patterns was completed. Why was that a concern?