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Adirondack Activism: John Apperson’s Story
July 31, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Politics, Propaganda and a Prolonged Struggle for Power – In 1915, Apperson made a speech at the NY Constitutional Convention against legislation that would allow the state to lease campsites through the Adirondack Park; In 1917, he won appropriations ($10,000) to repair the shores of islands in the Narrows; In 1922, Apperson and Warwick Carpenter became whistleblowers, warning members of the newly formed Adirondack Mountain Club against the continued illegal logging of the high peaks; in 1932, he “kidnapped” Governor Al Smith to take him for a boat ride, showing him the plans for building a highway around the rim of Tongue Mountain; in 1930 Apperson launched a lobbying campaign to educate the public about the problems in proposed legislation (the Hewitt Reforestation and the Closed Cabin amendments); in 1931 Gov. Roosevelt extended the Blue Line to include Lake George; by 1932, Apperson and his allies could declare a victory in statewide elections, winning by a 2:1 margin;1934 – New York Forest Preserve Association; 1944 – Lake George Protective Association; 1940’s and 1950s – prolonged litigation against the International Paper Company’s dam at Ticonderoga; 1956 – Apperson gives Dome Island to the Nature Conservancy, with friends creating an endowment of $20,000.