State budget includes funding for Adirondacks projects

April, 2022

New York City college students will come to Newcomb for two weeks each summer to participate in a “sort of ROTC program” for careers in climate science, social equity, environmental journalism and forest policing, to be established with funding in the new state budget.

The budget, which Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Saturday, includes $2.1 million for Medgar Evers College of Brooklyn and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which has a campus in Newcomb, to establish the Timbuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute.

“Students will learn how to protect wild places and urban communities from the worst ravages of climate change,” said Aaron Mair, director of the Adirondack Council’s Forever Adirondack Campaign, in a news release. “We will need a broad array of fresh minds and bodies on the job — from rangers and visitor-managers to climate scientists, forest ecologists, engineers, lawyers, journalists, artists, you name it.”

Read the full article in the Glens Falls Post Star.