About Us

About Us

How we work:

To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to educate, inform and motivate the public and those who make public policy.

The Council is focused on using our knowledge of the political process, respect for diverse views, and fact-based advocacy to address the Adirondack Park’s 21st Century challenges and opportunities.  We work with many partners, promoting diversity and finding common ground on complex issues when possible.  

We invite all who care about the future of the Adirondacks to work cooperatively with us, and keep the Adirondack Park forever wild, for everyone. Together we carry on the legacy of early conservation leaders and ensure the Adirondack Park is known and protected as a national treasure.

Organization Basics:

Founded: 1975

Mission: The Adirondack Council mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park.

Vision: An Adirondack Park with clean air and water and large wilderness areas, surrounded by working farms and forests and vibrant communities.

Organization: Members in all 50 states; 14 staff and Clarence Petty Interns in two offices: Elizabethtown in the Adirondack Park, and in the state capital of Albany; Board of Directors. 

Funding: Support is provided by generous private individuals and foundations - no government funding – who care about protecting all that is special about the Adirondacks.

Annual Budget: $1.8 million (View our financial statements).

To achieve our vision for the Adirondack Park, we:

  • sponsor and publish research;
  • educate the public and policy makers;
  • advocate for regulations, policies and funding to benefit the Park’s environment and communities;
  • monitor compliance, proposals, legislation and policies impacting the Park; and,
  • take legal action when necessary to uphold constitutional protections and agency policies established to protect the Adirondacks.

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