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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Johh Laundre's stirring new report on the Adirondacks being able to successfully house up to 350 Pumas is starting to get into the hands of organizations like ADIRONDACK WILD which is calling for the Adirondack Park to put wildlife recovery front and center in all of its on-going management plans,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, including Eastern Cougar.Recovery------ a keystone predator species like the Cougar could prove critical to controlling white-tailed deer populations and help mitigate the impacts of deer over browsing of our native vegetation

Contact: Dan Plumley, 518-576-9277 
or Dave Gibson, 518-469-4081

Taylor Pond Wild Forest Management Plan Sets a Low Ecological Standard 

Keene, NY – Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve today gives the Taylor Pond Unit 
Management Plan a low grade. The plan affects over 50,000-acres of Forest Preserve and 
Wildlife Management Areas connecting Lake Champlain with large Wilderness Areas to the in 
the Adirondack Park. The NYS Adirondack Park Agency is considering a decision today to 
deem the plan compliant with the State Land Master Plan during its meeting in Ray Brook. 
"While we appreciate the significant effort that has gone into this plan to date, we do not believe 
the Taylor Pond Plan meets a sufficiently high standard in assessing and analyzing ecosystems 
and the opportunities to enhance the region's biological diversity," said Adirondack Wild's Dan 

"The Taylor Pond region combines a tremendous mix of Forest Preserve tracts, wildlife 
management areas, private farm and forest lands, and rural communities, biological diversity and 
cultural heritage in profusion," Plumley added. If there were ever a chance to broadly evaluate an 
area for its wildlife and ecological integrity as well as its recreational opportunities, this is it. 
Yet, neither agency has come even close to realizing this potential."

Based on Adirondack Wild's reading the UMP fails to address a big opportunity to 
make ecological connections with other parts of the Park or to recognize and protect 
the area's significant biodiversity - despite State Land Master Plan requirements that 
each unit plan should assess biological resources, conduct analysis of ecosystems, 
recommend management of important ecological areas, and recommend strategic 
additions to a unit where justified.

"This UMP is a large amalgamation of information, and does a reasonably decent job 
assessing specific recreational opportunities. It does a poor job assessing the important 
conservation context of this region which connects Lake Champlain to large 
Wilderness Areas to the west," added Adirondack Wild's Dave Gibson.

For example, the UMP does not recognize, much less comment upon efforts to create a Split 
Rock Wildway which would create wildlife habitat connections between Lake Champlain, the West Champlain Hills, an immensely rich area of plant and animal biodiversity, and the Jay 
Mountain Wilderness Area to the west.  Private agencies like the Northeast Wilderness Trust, the 
Eddy Foundation and Champlain Area Trails others have devoted much time and effort 
negotiating land protection and trail access opportunities within a Split Rock Wildway, yet those 
efforts are only half-completed. Unfortunately, this UMP does not recognize their efforts as open 
space partners, much less their overall conservation significance.
Second, the plan does not address wildlife recovery, including the Eastern Cougar.
Recovery of keystone predator species like Cougar could prove critical to controlling 
white-tailed deer populations and the impacts of deer overbrowsing of our native 
vegetation when the impacts of current warming trends accelerate.  
In fact, the UMP pays very little heed to climate change at all, despite the fact that 
Lake Champlain has not frozen over in years. All Adirondack UMPs should take 
climate change into account in its analysis of ecosystems, human recreation use, and 
potential for such use to exceed carrying capacities.

According to comments submitted to the DEC last June by the Northeast Wilderness 
Trust, needed steps to complete a Split Rock Wildway include acquiring conservation 
easements on major holdings in the area, including Shirley Forest Industries, the 
largest unprotected property in the Wildway, at more than 4000 acres, creating a 
revolving loan fund or land acquisition endowment to secure critical properties that go 
on the market, including any sizable lands around Coon and Boquet Mountains, 
fostering farming with the wild principles and ecological forestry standards for 
working lands in the area, and completing the footpath system that will link local 
villages and enhance the recreational economy.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is a not for profit, membership-supported 
organization which advances New York's "Forever Wild" legacy and Forest Preserve policies in 
the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promotes public and private land stewardship consistent 
with wild land values through education, advocacy and researc

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