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NYS DEC 2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report

The report concludes NYS greenhouse gas emissions have declined 6% since 1990

Read the report here

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Hiker Counts See Major Drop in 2021

Hiker numbers dropped by 1/3 in 2021.  ADK Mtn Club data shows Marcy down -35%, Algonquin down -38%.  Their summit steward program hiker contacts dropped 30%.  COVID issues were in play.

Read the news story here.

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2020 Census Shows 5.24% Decline Since 2010

The 2020 census data shows a decline of -5.24% in the Park from 2010 to 2020 but it ranges from -39% (Parishville) to +22% (Colton).  Look at this excellent map showing town level data.  Where there are increases, they appear to be mostly retired people who are residents that leave for winter months.

Data for 2021 that captures the pandemic time shows a small North Country in-migration.

Read the NCPR new article summary here.

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Only 55% of Homes Locally Occupied

The 2020 census data shows a Park population decline decline from about 130,000 in 2010 to about 123,000 in 2020.  The exception is Hamilton County which increased about 5% due to retirees moving there.

Park-Wide, 55% of homes are locally occupied. Occupancy ranges across all Park towns is lowest at 21% and highest at 77%.  In Hamilton County it is only 32%

Population density is the lowest in the East, comparable to West Texas.

Read the news story here.
Excellent maps with this data are here.

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Adirondack Diversity Initiative Wins Added Budget

The Adk Diversity Initiative has had a budget increase from $250k to $300k in the 2022 NYS budget.

Read the budget news here.

Read about the impacted Event here.

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