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Adirondack Wilderness

The Adirondack Park, established in 1892 for the benefit of all of the people of New York State, is six-million acres in size and contains both public and private land within its boundary. The largest park in the contiguous United States, it is an area of mixed use based upon a core of 2.6 million acres of “Forever Wild” land.

Defending and promoting the wild character and ecological integrity of the Adirondack Park and the "Forever Wild" Forest Preserve. Goals include:

  • Secure additional acres of public land for the Adirondack Forest Preserve.
  • Increase the Forever Wild acres that are protected with a Wilderness designation or Wilderness management.
  • State adoption of comprehensive conservation area complex planning.
  • Improve stewardship of state lands and waters.
  • Propose provisions to strengthen and improve Article XIV of the Constitution, the Forever Wild Clause.

Communities

The Adirondack Park is a global model of how public and private lands can sustainably coexist in environmental and economic harmony, with eco-friendly, resource-based local economies and vibrant communities in a park-like setting.

Supporting a better, more resilient, sustainable Adirondack Park, including vibrant local communities. Goals include:

  • Support science-based improvements at the Adirondack Park Agency, including smart conservation design.
  • Expand mutual respect and collaboration with local communities through state support for village and hamlet smart growth planning.
  • Increase the number of municipalities in the Park coordinating project review with the Adirondack Park Agency while maintaining resource protection.

Water & Air

Clean water is the greatest ecological and economic resource of the Adirondack Park. Thousands of lakes and streams provide habitat, recreational opportunities and drinking water. Acid rain and air pollution have long damaged the Park’s waters. Climate change threatens native species and the winter economy.

Fighting for clean water and clean air; combating invasive species and climate change. Goals include:

  • Reduce acid rain and mercury impacts by 90 percent.
  • Decrease the regional carbon program cap by 20 percent.Buy and retire 2,500 tons of carbon pollution credits through the Cool Farms/Healthy Park program.
  • Increase funding to combat invasive species to $10 million per year.
  • Distribute strong science that strengthens programs and policies to address ecological threats

Farms & Forests

Well-stewarded privately owned forests and farm land are an important historic and ecological element of the Adirondack Park that contributes significantly to its open space character.

Preserving the open space qualities of large tracts of private land and supporting working forests and farms. Goals include:

  • Increase the acres of private Adirondack forest land where sustainable forestry standards or best management practices are followed.

  • Conserve working forests and working farmland through conservation easements and other programs.

  • Retain at least 5,000 acres of working farmland in the Champlain Valley and the greater Adirondack region.

  • Provide micro-grants to farmers through the Cool Farms/Healthy Park program to enhance the economic, human and environmental sustainability and resiliency of Adirondack farms.

Leadership & Government

Government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and citizen leadership can and must build a vision for a healthier, and politically, ecologically, economically and socially sustainable and resilient Adirondack Park.

Leading, expanding and diversify the Park’s constituency; advocating and monitoring policies and encouraging citizen engagement to get results that matter for the Adirondacks.

Goals include:

  • Support expansion of common ground networks in the Park and across the state.

  • Produce a new visioning publication for what the Park should look like in the year 2050.

  • Update the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

  • Actively engage 50,000 constituents for the Park by 2020.

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