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Save the Pine Bush Action Alert!

Save the Pine Bush Action Alert! Coyotes in the Moonlight Response to the Commission’s Final Implementation Guidelines by Lynne Jackson "It was a cold night in January, snow on the ground, full moon, not a creature moving a muscle," began Jerry Mueller, at the January Lasagna Dinner. He had to get out of the house and decided to take a walk in the Pine Bush, off Sand Creek Road near the Northway. He heard a noise, "Sounds like coyotes," thought…

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Save the Pine Bush Volunteers Spread the Word

Save the Pine Bush Volunteers Spread the Word Save the Pine Bush Volunteers Spread the Word Sometimes, school teachers or students will invite members of Save the Pine Bush to speak. We have had many adventures talking to students. Here is a sample. Ed. SPB Visits Elementary School Elementary school students at the D. H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville, New York invited Lynne Jackson, SPB Board Member, to speak to them about what it is like to be…

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Save the Pine Bush

Proposed Hotel in the Pine Bush     Hotel Update: Oral Arguements in the NY Court of Appeals Tuesday, September 15 at 2:00 The Court of Appeals is next door to Albany City Hall. This is an extremely significant case, and could, if we win change who has standing in SEQRA cases. Click here to read Amicus briefs Read attorney Steve Downs’ commentary about the hotel case here. Action Alert! Hear the Oral Arguments in the NYS Appellate Division Friday,…

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Save the Pine Bush Loses First Round on Landfill

Save the Pine Bush Loses First Round on Landfill Save the Pine Bush Loses First Round on Landfill Clean Water takes a Dive to Garbage Albany, NY – Save the Pine Bush lost its challenge to the expansion of the Albany City Landfill in the Pine Bush in Supreme Court in October. The Judge ruled that the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation has the discretion to allow a landfill to be constructed over the principal aquifer in the…

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Save the Pine Bush Enjoys Another Victory – Adventure Park Parcel Added to the Preserve

Save the Pine Bush Enjoys Another Victory – Adventure Park Parcel Added to the Preserve Save the Pine Bush Enjoys Another Victory Adventure Park Parcel Added to the Preserve by Lynne Jackson The Albany Pine Bush Management Commission purchased 34 acres of land on September 24, 1996. Included in this purchase a key parcel that had been slated to become an adventure park consisting of go carts and miniature golf until Save the Pine Bush stepped in and filed suit…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues the Town of Colonie

Save the Pine Bush Sues the Town of Colonie Late-Breaking News: Save the Pine Bush Sues the Town of Colonie by Lynne Jackson Yesterday, October 7, Save the Pine Bush sued the Town of Colonie over its acceptance of the Lisha-Kill – Kings Road Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS). This GEIS would have a devastating affect on the Pine Bush in the Town of Colonie, and SPB has sued to get it tossed out. Watch for a more comprehensive article…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues Albany Common Council Over Illegal Office Complex

Save the Pine Bush Sues Albany Common Council Over Illegal Office Complex   Save the Pine Bush Sues Albany Common Council Over Illegal Office Complex by Lynne Jackson Save the Pine Bush filed suit on July 12 in New York State Supreme Court over the City of Albany Common Council’s approval of the Drumlin Fields office complex in the Pine Bush. “The Albany Common Council completely ignored the state-authorized Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission’s recommendation for full protection of this…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues City – Back in Court with Charlie Touhey

Save the Pine Bush Sues City – Back in Court with Charlie Touhey   Save the Pine Bush Sues City Back in Court with Charlie Touhey by Tim Kostoroski Save the Pine Bush filed suit on September 3rd in New York State Supreme Court over the City of Albany Common Council’s approval of the Pine East Office Complex, located at 300 Washington Avenue Extension in the Albany Pine Bush.. This all too familiar development, (135,000 sq. foot complex with 400 car…

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Save the Pine Bush Loses Teresian House Case

ALBANY: State Supreme Court Judge Joseph Teresi again ruled against Save the Pine Bush in the case regarding Avila House, a senior housing project proposed to be built behind Teresian House. This proposal will destroy an essential Karner Blue butterfly migration corridor. The Karner Blue butterfly population has declined over 98% in the last 20 years. There were barely 1000 butterflies in the Pine Bush last summer, down from 65,000 in 1980, and millions in the 1940s. The drastic reduction…

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Save the Pine Bush

Resting on a leaf, click on photo to see larger picture. So much controversy over such a tiny butterfly-the Karner Blue, Lycaeides melissa samuelis. A beautiful pale blue, this tiny creature only lives in its adult form for one to two weeks. Named by Vladimir Nabokov (probably better known for his writing than his lepidoptery), there were once so many butterflies that all one could see were clouds of blue. Now, only a few hundred survive in the Pine Bush….

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Save the Pine Bush GIS Class

by Andy Arthur ALBANY: On Saturday, January 21st at 2-4 PM, Save the Pine Bush will be having a class on using the free Quantum GIS program to make maps of the Albany Pine Bush and other public lands at the Delaware Ave Branch of Albany Public Library. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems, the computer-based method of creating maps. This class will be taught by SPB volunteer Andy Arthur. Topics to be covered include the installing free Quantum GIS (QGIS) on your…

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Save the Pine Bush

Save the Pine Bush has a new web site address, http://www.savethepinebush.org. Our original website is no longer available on the web, and no forwarding link is available. Wizvax Communications, a local internet service provider, went out of business in February leaving Save the Pine Bush without a way to tell web users how to find our new site. The Save the Pine Bush website has hundreds of articles about the Pine Bush. All of the SPB newsletters since 1994 are…

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Save the Pine Bush

After the Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals meeting last August, I spoke with Mike Shanley, the attorney for Crossgates. He said to me that if we just worked together we could really protect the butterfly and the Pine Bush. He blanched when I said the only way to protect the Pine Bush was to stop all development in the Pine Bush. But, to be nice, I gave him my phone number anyway. A few weeks later, a woman in Mike…

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Save the Pine Bush

  Earth Day at the Village of Colonie Village of Colonie: On Earth Day, the Village of Colonie held a public meeting about the proposed landfill expansion. Residents of the Village of Colonie and members of the public were invited to speak about their concerns about the proposed expansion. Save the Pine Bush volunteers attended the hearing. About 150 people came out to speak and to listen. Mayor Frank Leak opened the hearing saying that he wanted to hear people’s…

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Touhey Builds While Save the Pine Bush Goes to Court

Touhey Builds While Save the Pine Bush Goes to Court Touhey Builds While Save the Pine Bush Goes to Court Albany, NY – After twelve years of stopping Charlie Touhey from building the “Pine East” office complex on Washington Avenue Extension in front of the Dunes housing development, Touhey has won the current round and is rapidly bulldozing the Pine Bush and putting up his buildings. Charlie Touhey sought a zoning change from residential to commercial Pine Bush in order…

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Save the Pine Bush Volunteer Meetings

Save the Pine Bush Volunteer Meetings Volunteer Nights Activities for Volunteers Volunteer Nights are usually every Thursday except the week of the Vegetarian Lasagna Dinner Next Volunteer Night:s March 16 and March 30; April 6 and 13. Most Thursday evenings, except Dinner week. Email Lynne Jackson for details and directions.   Vegetarian Lasagna Dinner Pine Bush Hike Current Newsletter About Save the Pine Bush Virtual Photo Exhibit  Action Alerts Volunteer Nights Articles in Date Order Links Articles by Subject  Save…

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Save the Pine Bush Files an Amicus Brief in the Pyramid Lawsuit

By Lynne Jackson ALBANY, NY: Todd Ommen from the Pace Environmental Ligation Clinic representing Save the Pine Bush, filed an amicus brief in March in the case known as Thomas Hart, Lisa hart, Kevin Mcdonald, Sarah Mcdonald, 1667 Western Avenue, LLC and Red-Kap Sales, Inc., v. Town of Guilderland, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals of Guilderland, Pyramid Management Group, LLC, Rapp Road Development, LLC and Crossgates Releaseco, LLC (Hart v. Guilderland), Hart v. Guilderland was filed by attorney…

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THE INTERNET: First uploaded in January, 1996, Save the Pine Bush now has a new, modern website!

Visit the site at: savethepinebush.org This new website was designed and created by volunteer Andy Arthur using WordPress. The new website will have many new features, such as multiple people can add to the site and we can now create forms. A big, big thank you goes to Andy Arthur! If you would like to add articles to the website, please email contact@savethepinebush.org. Volunteers always needed! From the April/May 2021 Save the Pine Bush Newsletter.

Save the Pine Bush

Dear Save the Pine Bush: I know the Karner Blue feeds on wild lupine, can any of your biologists or naturalists tell me if it feeds on domestic lupine? Has domestic lupine ever been planted as an experiment to see what would happen? Faithful Reader Dear Faithful Reader: As far as I know, the Karner Blue is very picky in what it will eat. It only feeds on the blue lupine that grows in the Pine Bush; it will not…

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Save the Pine Bush

By Daniel Van Riper Karner Blue Conspiracy Recently some crank (who deserves to remain nameless) wrote a letter to the independent weekly newspaper The Altamont Enterprise claiming that the Karner Blue Butterfly is not native to the Pine Bush, and was planted there by environmentalists, government agents and other liberal conspirators conspiring to “take” land away from the rightful owners. In response, the Enterprise was flooded with letters from all sorts of folks who wanted to set this dingaling straight…

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Save the Pine Bush

The walk in the Pine Bush on May 26 hosted by John Wolcott and Mark Plaat found no butterflies, and blue lupine just beginning to flower. The walk led by Lynne Jackson and Daniel Van Riper on June 2, however, saw the lupine in full bloom and the first butterflies scattered here and there. Some two dozen enthusiasts, many armed with high powered cameras, marched up and down the dunes demanding that the little beggars come out of the brush…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues Albany Common Council Over Illegal Office Complex

Save the Pine Bush Sues Albany Common Council Over Illegal Office Complex   The Portland Plan – A Better Way To Grow By Daniel Van Riper Back in 1979, the City of Portland, Oregon and some nearby municipalities drew a line around their developed areas. They mandated that all new construction must take place inside this line and all undeveloped land outside must remain farmland, greenspace or preserve. Twenty years later, planners Martin Hull and Marian Hull traveled all the…

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Save the Pine Bush Web Current Newsletter

February/March Newsletter – Download printable PDF version December Newsletter – Download printable PDF version October Newsletter – Download printable PDF version September Newsletter – Download printable PDF version February/March Newsletter – Download printable PDF version News Articles: Update on Land Conservation Struggles in Our Region, Feb/Mar 2021 Deconstruction Not Demolition, Feb/Mar 2021 Battling Hazardous Waste Incineration, Feb/Mar 2021 Lew Oliver Remembers Rezsin and Ted Adams, Feb/Mar 2021                          …

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Save the Pine Bush News Articles

The Pine Bush is news. Here is a selection of recent articles that have been published in the papers about the Pine Bush Tiny threat looms large this spring, printed in the Times Union on Saturday, June 7, 2003 Pine Bush bridge work to defer to rare butterfly, printed in the Daily Gazette on Tuesday, March 6, 2002 Man charged in bird-killing Albany, DEC says he shot 159 crows in restricted Pine Bush areal, printed in the Times Union on…

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Save the Pine Bush

by Tim Truscott   ALBANY: We enjoyed two presentations after the July 15 Save the Pine Bush dinner. The first presentation was by Jeff Heath of Stearns & Wheler Consulting Engineers, which is headquartered in Cazenovia, NY. Jeff’s presentation was on the Delaware County Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) composting facility, located near Walton, NY. Delaware County is a mostly rural county with no cities, only eight incorporated villages and 50,000 people. Because of its rural nature, most of the solid…

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Save the Pine Bush

Vote Primary Day – Tuesday, September 15, Noon to 9:00 pm   ALBANY: Six candidates for Albany City-wide races came to speak at the August Save the Pine Bush dinner. Four city-wide seats are up this year (as well as the entire Common Council). Running for Mayor – Corey Ellis; for treasurer – Kathy Sheehan; for Common Council President – Carolyn McLaughlin and Lenny Ricchiuti; and for auditor – Leif Engstrom and Darius Shahinfar. Jerry Jennings, running for his fifth…

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Save the Pine Bush

Summarized by Grace Nichols ALBANY: At the May Save the Pine Bush lasgana dinner at the First Presbyterian Church, NY State Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone gave a talk summarizing our recent discoveries of pesticide use in the Pine Bush by both the City of Albany at the Rapp Road Landfill and Pine Bush Police and Fire Station and placing it in the context of his 39 years of work with Rezsin Adams, Lew Oliver and other leaders of the Save…

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Save the Pine Bush

by Sally Cumming Idea from Honest Weight Food Co op flier: The biggest factor influencing what goes into landfills is what we choose to buy and how we dispose of it. You can immediately reduce your carbon footprint by choosing to take these simple steps: Engage in “pre-cycling” (I really like that word!) by buying reusable, refillable and returnable items, and avoiding highly packaged items. Reuse or repair what you can whenever possible, keeping things out of the waste stream….

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Save the Pine Bush

  ALBANY: Bert Schou, Save the Pine Bush volunteer, took some amazing photos of the Rapp Road leachate flowing out of a pipe coming from the landfill into the southern arm of Lake Rensselaer. The photos, taken in early May, show the bright orange color of the stream. One photo shows a frog trying to get by in this surreal-colored water. Since the SPB newsletter is not printed in color, we can’t show you these photos here. Fortunately, Dan Van…

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Save the Pine Bush

by John Wolcott The next piece in the puzzle of “Where is Trader’s Hill?” is an amazing very old parchment map in the Albany City Engineer’s collection. It is the only map known to show Margriets Bergh, and was drawn in January 1773 by Jeremiah Van Rensselaer from a survey done by himself in 1772. This survey and map were ordered by the City in an effort to correct a series of mistakes in a former survey of it’s bounds….

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Save the Pine Bush

  BETHLEHEM: What is the future of garbage in the ANSWERS community? Come to a Solid Waste Management Plan Steering Committee to find out! The SWMP (pronounced “swamp” — isn’t that a wonderful acronym?) has met three times now. At the last meeting, held in the Bethlehem Town Hall, the City’s consultant, Clough Harbor, presented a powerpoint presentation which included an examination of Waste-to-Energy facilities or, as they are usually known as, incinerators. The meetings are chaired by Willard Bruce,…

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Save the Pine Bush

The Army Corps of Engineers extended the comment period on their review of the wetlands that will be destroyed if the proposed landfill in the Pine Bush is constructed. Bert wrote an excellent letter outlining many of the problems of expanding the landfill. The deadline for comments was March 5 and the letter was sent to Heidi Firstencel, US Army Corps of Engineers, NY District: CENAN-OP-R, Upstate Regulatory Field Office, 1 Buffington Street, Blg 10, 3rd Fl, Watervliet, New York…

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Mayor Kathy Sheehan Speaks to Save the Pine Bush

by Tom Ellis ALBANY, NY: Albany Mayor-Elect Kathy Sheehan spoke at the November 20 SPB dinner.  Kathy said she is from a big Irish Catholic family, Albany residents “are desperate for change,” and residents told her “Albany is like an incredible stallion that someone keeps pulling on the reins.”  She said she plans considerable community involvement in the decision-making processes of Albany.  When others make decisions for us, we get the Empire State Plaza that cuts Center Square off from downtown…

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Save the Pine Bush Goes to the Appellate Division Over Butterflies in Clifton Park

On February 15, oral argument was held in the appeal by Save the Pine Bush and 11 people who sued the Town of Clifton Park Planning Board in September 2006 after the board gave approval to seven industrial warehouses and hundreds of parking spaces adjacent to and in Karner blue butterfly habitat. The plaintiffs were all denied standing by Acting state Supreme Court Justice, Barry Kramer who granted the Town’s and developer’s motions to dismiss the case in November 2006….

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Court Room Door Slammed Shut on Save the Pine Bush

ALBANY: The New York State Court of Appeals has refused to hear Save the Pine Bush’s case regarding the proposed warehouses on Wood Road in Clifton Park. By not hearing our appeal, the Court of Appeals allows the lower court’s decision dismissing our case on standing to be the final ruling in the case, The court room is barred to Save the Pine Bush. We lost on “standing”, meaning Save the Pine Bush has no right to bring a case…

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Save the Pine Bush Wins the Hotel Case

ALBANY: NYS Supreme Court Judge Thomas J. McNamara handed a win to Save the Pine Bush over the proposed Residence Inn hotel development in the Pine Bush adjacent to the Karner Blue Butterfly Hill. Judge McNamara found the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed hotel was deficient because the EIS failed to evaluate the impact of the proposed hotel may have on any of the rare plant and animal species known to be present in the Albany Pine Bush…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues the Town of Clifton Park over Development Approval

SCHENECTADY: On behalf of Save the Pine Bush and 11 individual petitioners, Peter Henner, Esq, filed an Article 78 against the Planning Board of the Town of Clifton Park. On August 8, the Town of Clifton Park approved a “flex-space” industrial warehouse complex on top of Karner Blue habitat. Save the Pine Bush has filed suit to stop the development by requiring a Supplemental Environmental Impact Study to be prepared, thus causing the Planning Board’s State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) “Negative…

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Save the Pine Bush Barred from Court

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY: John Waffenschmidt, Vice-President & Business Development, Covanta Energy spoke at the Save the Pine Bush vegetarian-vegan lasagna dinner about Global Warming, Energy Use & Solid Waste Management at the First Presbyterian Church. He began by speaking about global warming. There is no question the globe is warming up. Effects of this global warming can be seen by rising waters in the coastal zone, and increase in forest fires and in rising temperatures. Temperatures have been collected…

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Save the Pine Bush Barred from Court

by William Engleman SCHENECTADY: Save the Pine Bush is considering an appeal of a recent State Supreme Court ruling dismissing a lawsuit brought against the Town of Clifton Park Planning Board and DCG Development Co. Save the Pine Bush and 11 citizen-petitioners sued the Town of Clifton Park Planning Board over site plan approvals for a 142,000 square foot flexspace warehouse project on land along Wood Road in the Town’s northeast corner. In dismissing the case, a State Supreme Court…

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Save the Pine Bush Asks the Albany Common Council for Justice

Press Release For Immediate Release: September 8, 2005 For Further Information: please call: Lynne Jackson at 434-6659 ALBANY, NY — Save the Pine Bush asks that the Albany Common Council pass a resolution tonight to take land the City of Albany acquired from the Nature Conservancy for preservation and dedicate it to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission as required in its permit to operate the landfill. Save the Pine Bush further asks the Council to reject Mayor Jennings proposal…

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Shawn Morris Speaks to Save the Pine Bush

ALBANY: Shawn Morris, candidate for Common Council President spoke at the July Save the Pine Bush dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. Four candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for Common Council President; all were invited to speak, but only Shawn Morris attended the dinner. Shawn began by describing the Common Council President’s roll in city government. The President has three functions: 1) to preside at the Common Council meetings, 2) sit on various City Boards and 3) to…

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Save the Pine Bush Sues Crossgates Mall

by Claire Nolan The first ski of the season was held on December 13, 2004. Although the snow situation did not look too good – we had enough snow at King’s Road for an excellent morning of skiing. On Saturday January 31 we had our second monthly ski trip. We met at Trail Head #7, near the Water Tower. We enjoyed a really terrific day of skiing. The conditions were absolutely perfect: powder enhanced by an early morning dusting of…

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Save the Pine Bush is 25!

by Lynne Jackson ALBANY: Save the Pine Bush celebrated its 25th birthday at the February vegetarian lasagna dinner at the First Presbyterian Church. The dinner began by members telling stories about the early years. Save the Pine Bush was born in the middle of a snow storm on February 6, 1978. It snowed that day. It snowed so much that the offices of the New York State government closed down and stayed closed the next day. This is the only…

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Save the Pine Bush Newsletter Index by Date

Save the Pine Bush Newsletter Index by Date Related Articles Save the Pine Bush is concerned about other environmental and related issues. Here is a listing of related articles: New York to Buy Pineland Tract From L.I. Scouts, Dec 96/Jan 97 The Advantages of An Unpoisoned Lawn, Feb/Mar, 97 Letters to the Editor – Bethelehem Formaldehyde Plant, Feb/Mar, 97 Meat Will Kill You…Just More Good News, Apr/May 97 Montreal Eco-tourism, Nov 97 The Rome Sand Plains, Nov 97 GE Brings…

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Save the Pine Bush

A program of controlled burning in the ecologically precarious Pine Bush went off without a hitch this fall, and managers of the preserve are aiming to do more. "We hope they will get bigger," said Stephanie Gebauer, director of the Albany Pine Bush Research and Management. A total of 44 acres of the 1700 acre preserve was burned this spring and over the last couple of weeks, said Gebauer. The goal is to eventually burn about 200 acres each year….

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Save the Pine Bush

"Man has disrupted the natural order in the Pine Bush with roads, developments and suppression of fires," said Stephanie Gebauer at the December Save the Pine Bush dinner. Ms. Gebauer, the first director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Research and Management of the Eastern New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, went on to describe how fires benefit the Pine Bush. Fires used to occur in the Pine Bush every five to ten to fifteen years. Particularly since the…

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Save the Pine Bush

  All that sand was left by a glacial lake. The Pine Bush ecosystem sitting on that sand, however, may have been created by Native Americans practicing fire management techniques. At least, that’s what some people believe. One of those people is Dr. Harvey Alexander, professor at the College of St. Rose, who spoke at the Dec. 10 SPB dinner at the Unitarian Church in Albany. Doing some fast talking, he laid out the story of the formation of the…

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Save the Pine Bush

The Pine Bush is located in the Capital District, between Albany and Schenectady. The boundaries are Fuller Road on the east, Route 5 (Central Avenue) on the North, Route 146 on the west, and Route 20 (Western Avenue) on the South. The Pine Bush is located in three municipalities-Albany, Guilderland and Colonie. The Pine Bush originally encompassed 58,000 acres extending from downtown Albany to Rotterdam. Now, there are only 5,800 acres remaining. Key Black Line: The Pine Bush Commission’s study…

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Save the Pine Bush

The Pine Bush has played an important historical role in the development of Albany and Schenectady and is enshrined in the literary heritage of the United States. The Song of Hiawatha by William Wadsworth Longfellow is sung by the Indian brave from the Vale of Tawasentha located in the Pine Bush. George Washington wrote of the Pine Bush in his diaries while traveling in upstate New York during the Revolutionary War. In Moby Dick, Herman Melville describes the dark beauty…

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