Governor David Paterson appears to be demanding that state environment agencies slash more than 210 additional jobs.
The news comes after deep cuts have already forced the DEC and APA to reduce services and cut programs, including the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers.
We’ll have details tomorrow morning during the 8 O’clock Hour.
One troubling detail of these cuts is that they include the retirements of Al Hicks and Ward Stone, two of the most experienced wildlife biologists in the Northeast.
Hicks has lead the national fight against white nose syndrome, the disease that’s been wiping out bat populations in the North Country.
Stone has also been a prominent — and often controversial — scientist and activist, working on projects that include problem bear management in the High Peaks.
It’s unclear how the state will continue to manage (let alone conduct scientific research) on its vast land holdings.
The challenge is especially difficult when you consider that many of the hundreds of thousands of acres under the DEC and APA’s stewardship are challenged by development, invasive species, and climate change.