With strong partner organizations, collaboration with elected/appointed government officials and citizen participation, the Council successfully advocates for policies and funding that benefit the environment and communities of the Adirondack Park.

2018-2019 Highlights and Progress toward Council 2014-2020 strategic objectives achieved with partners, grassroots advocacy, and generous donor support.

2018-2019 Accomplishments

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Wilderness: Ensuring the wild character and ecological integrity of the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve.

  • The #KeepItWild campaign to address overuse with world-class stewardship and preservation gained momentum and started to show results. Stakeholders endorse actions to ensure visitor safety, protect natural resources and maintain a positive wilderness experience.
  • Published a report on all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) making the case for new state actions to protect the Forest Preserve from ATV misuse and make ATV riding safer.

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Vibrant Communities: Fostering a more resilient, sustainable Adirondack Park with vibrant communities.

  • The state announced $84.8 million for 70 economic development projects across the Adirondack North Country, plus $10 million for downtown Saranac Lake redevelopment. Another $80 million is targeted for Olympic Regional Development Authority complex improvements.
  • Secured passage of state legislation to activate the Health and Safety Land Bank Constitutional Amendment previously approved by the voters.
  • Just off Exit 29 on the Adirondack Northway, the Council and the towns of North Hudson, Newcomb, Long Lake, Indian Lake and Minerva celebrated the investment by the state of $30 million in the new Frontier Town recreational hub complex.

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Water & Air: Fighting for clean water and clean air; combating invasive species and climate change.

  • Historic climate change legislation was approved by the New York Legislature and the Governor, setting the most ambitious emissions reduction standards in the country.
  • The state awarded over $11 million in clean water grants and an additional $17 million in zero interest loans to Adirondack communities, to keep sewage and other pollutants out of our waters.
  • Worked with partners to secure a one-year renewal of the state invasive species transport law, while also securing policymakers’ commitments to strengthen protections next year.

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Farms and Forests: Preserving open space and supporting working forests and farms

  • Adopted the Essex Farm Institute as a program of the Adirondack Council. Founded in 2012, the Institute supports small-scale farmers in their efforts to build resilient, diversified farms that are economically viable, socially responsible and environmentally beneficial.
  • Advocated for a new updated standard for sustainable forestry within the Park.
  • Provided $26,000 in low carbon micro-grants to 14 small farms and four businesses.

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Leadership and Government: Leading, expanding and diversifying the Park’s constituency.

  • Hired a full-time director to lead the Adirondack VISION project, a program to develop, advocate for, and implement a long-range (2050), fact-based, transformational set of recommendations that will promote resilient and economically vibrant human communities and protect the natural resources and wild character of the Park.
  • Secured $250,000 in state funds for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative to staff and organize a coalition of organizations working to make the Adirondacks more welcoming to all.
  • Worked with partners and elected officials to call for a full slate of new and returning Adirondack Park Agency commissioner nominees with diverse, balanced and relevant expertise, including land use, development, environmental law and conservation science.

Thank you to all Adirondack Council members, donors, volunteers, partners and friends for being a part of the team that is defending the East’s greatest wilderness and showing the world how people and nature can thrive together.

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