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Adirondack Park sign
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The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a coalition of groups, municipalities and interests working to maintain the environmental and economic integrity of the Adirondack Park. The Alliance held its annual summer forum virtually on Wednesday.

Willie Janeway
Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous U.S. — bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. But the park is unique due to its combination of public and private lands. The Adirondack Council is among the groups that work to minimize human impacts on the Adirondack Forest Preserve and its wild areas.  Council Executive Director Willie Janeway tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley one of the biggest successes in the state legislative session that wrapped last month is passage of a bill strengthening the aquatic invasive species law.

Peter Crowley stands in front of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake
Aaron Cerbone / Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In August 1999, Peter Crowley came to the Adirondacks and began working as a reporter for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. In the fall of 2004 he became its managing editor. After nearly 22 years writing and editing stories about the Adirondacks at the award-winning paper, Crowley felt it was time to pursue a new career and left the Enterprise on June 25th. When he graduated from college, he dreamed of being an English teacher, and he’s now begun classes to obtain his teaching credentials.  Crowley spoke with WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about two decades covering northern New York.

Aaron Mair at Brant Lake in 2021
Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

A former leader of the Sierra Club is now working for the Adirondack Council.  Aaron Mair, who led the national Sierra Club from 2015 until 2017, is now working to bring new funding and guide new policies to protect the Adirondack’s waters and wilderness while sustaining the communities within the park. Mair tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the new campaign plans to take advantage of the Biden Administration’s focus on the environment and climate change.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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The 36,000-acre privately owned Whitney Park in upstate New York may be split up and sold to private buyers. Recently, Whitney Industries announced it would apply to the Adirondack Park Agency to subdivide the undeveloped tract into 11 separate lots. 

Loon logo for ADK Council
adirondackcouncil.org

  For the past 30 years, John F. Sheehan has been the voice of the Adirondack Council on radio and television and in local, regional, and national media. He helps the public and the media understand the unique nature of the Adirondack Park and the Council’s efforts to sustain its clean air, wilderness, wildlife, clean water, and vibrant communities.

He joined us to discuss the Adirondack Council's carbon offset opportunities and other current projects.

View of Adirondacks from Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College has been holding a series of virtual conversations on social justice issues in the Adirondack Park. It culminated Thursday with a discussion on “The Color of COVID” in the Park: an assessment of vaccine hesitancy among residents of color in the region.

Huckleberry Mountain
Jerry Monkman / Open Space Institute

New York state is acquiring more than 1,200 acres of land in Warren County that will be added to the Adirondack Park.

Adirondack wilderness area sign
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Adirondack environmental groups are lauding a ruling from New York’s highest court that finds a Department of Environmental Conservation project building snowmobile connector trails in the Adirondacks violates the state Constitution.

Adirondack Park sign
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The Common Ground Alliance is a collaborative bringing together diverse groups that advocate for various Adirondack issues.  For the first time the Alliance held a winter meeting to discuss progress since their summer forum and hear ideas about how to attract more full-time residents to the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Park sign
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A pilot reservation system is launching this spring for people who want to park at some trailheads leading to popular Adirondack High Peaks trails.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a pilot reservation system for parking access in one area of the Adirondacks this spring.

Main Street, Lake Placid, NY
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Upstate New York has seen a migration of sorts caused by the pandemic, with evidence of people moving north out of the New York City area, in search of more space, the great outdoors, and a lower cost of living. The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is a destination marketing firm based in Lake Placid. ROOST recently partnered with EDC Warren County on a survey to try understand the impact of new year-round residents in the Adirondack Region. 

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
Pat Bradley/WAMC

With other recreation options limited due to the pandemic, the Adirondack Park has been experiencing a large number of visitors this summer despite the closure of the U.S.-Canada border. The Labor Day weekend was no exception as hikers and visitors flocked to the High Peaks and other areas of the 6-million acre park.

2020 State of the Park preview
Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council publishes an annual report analyzing legislation and actions that have impacted the 6 million acre Adirondack Park over the past year. The organization has just released a preview of the upcoming State of the Park review, out next week. Council Executive Director Willie Janeway tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it focuses on positive developments, and focuses on the park as a “A Landscape of Hope” to reflect its importance during the pandemic.

Leave No Trace principles poster
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A report from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is offering a number of recommendations to help reduce overcrowding on popular trails in the Adirondacks. One of the most controversial may be a suggestion to require permits in the High Peaks region.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondack Common Ground Alliance is a diverse group representing advocates, educators, government and residents of the park.  It meets once a year to craft strategies to communicate key priorities for the Adirondacks in one voice.  This year’s forum was held virtually due to the pandemic and focused on the demographics of the Park.

A black bear
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Campsites and lean-tos that were temporarily closed in some areas of the Adirondacks have been re-opened.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released an interim report with recommendations to deal with overuse of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks.

View of the Adirondacks from the Keene Valley area
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Adirondack Park Agency sign in front of Ray Brook headquarters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has submitted a list of nominees to fill long empty seats on the Adirondack Park Agency board.

Adirondacks Elk Lake Dix Mountain
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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, hikers and visitors were out to enjoy the mountains, streams and trails of the Adirondacks this Memorial Day weekend.

"Politely Adirondack" poster series
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

As businesses in New York begin to reopen, an organization in the Adirondacks has launched a campaign to promote the region and pandemic safety.

With most businesses shuttered and unemployment claims rising, the North County Chamber coordinated a virtual town hall this morning with the leaders of four northern New York counties to discuss the response to and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

View of Adirondacks from Lake Placid
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Michael Barrett was appointed executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club in late September 2019, taking over for Neil Woodworth, who spent three decades leading the conservation and recreation group. Barrett is a Putnam County native who served as a foreign language interrogator for the U.S. Army and has worked in state government in New York and Missouri. 

August hikers in the Adirondacks crowd a trailhead (file)
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to develop a plan to manage increased use of the Adirondack High Peaks region.

August hikers in the Adirondacks crowd a trailhead (file)
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Environmental advocates in the Adirondacks are calling on New York’s governor to commit $10 million to address overuse of the most popular sections of the six million acre park.

Trailhead at the Adirondack Loj
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Adirondacks have been extremely popular for outdoor enthusiasts in the past few years, and overcrowding on some trails and the roads leading to them is a major concern.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has outlined additional plans to deal with traffic flow during what’s expected to be a very busy Columbus Day holiday.

State of the Park 2019-2020 cover
Photo by Nancie Battaglia / Adirondack Council

The Adirondack Council issues an annual report assessing the oversight by government agencies, localities and others of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. This year’s just released State of the Park report, “Challenged By Success,” finds that the rising popularity of the region is also highlighting challenges.  Council Executive Director Willie Janeway and spokesman John Sheehan spoke about the report with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.  Janeway says the surge in the Adirondack’s popularity caught many by surprise and is spotlighting the need to better manage the Forest Preserve.

Henderson Lake, Adirondacks  (file)
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The Open Space Institute has announced that it will invest a million dollars in its property at the southern edge of the Adirondack High Peaks. The goal is to provide an alternative entry point and ease overcrowding on other popular trails.

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