State Budget Action Alert - Jan 2021

Help Forest Rangers Preserve the Adirondack Park

Urge the Governor and Legislature to address overuse impacts in the 2021 budget

 

Now is the time. We need your help to ensure the state budget supports efforts underway to protect the Adirondack Park’s world-class wilderness from overuse. With the pandemic driving record visitation in 2020 and showing no signs of abating in 2021, natural resources in certain areas of the Forest Preserve are being significantly impacted by overuse.

There has also been a decline in visitor safety and an influx of inexperienced recreationists which has put additional stress on our Forest Rangers. In 2020, Forest Rangers conducted 492 Search and Rescue Operations, a 45% increase from 2019.  

Unfortunately, this year, the Governor has proposed less funding to address overuse on the Forest Preserve than last year. This decrease leaves the Adirondack Park in dire need of dedicated monies for visitor education, trails, new protections, and Forest Rangers. The Legislature is currently reviewing the Governor’s budget proposal, and we need your help in requesting enhanced funding from our legislative leaders.

Please write to Governor Cuomo and Environmental Conservation Committee Chairs by Monday, March 1, and tell them:

  • Overuse is a severe problem in certain areas of the Adirondack Park’s Forest Preserve. Experts identified more than 130 miles of trails in the High Peaks Wilderness as needing major repairs. 
  • Closing the Park is not an option. Please increase funding for additional Forest Rangers and to expand Leave No Trace education, and dedicate $10 million to Forest Preserve Stewardship.
  • Please help Adirondack communities that depend on the Forest Preserve by dedicating funds for trail repair, trailhead sanitation, access, and shuttles, and visitor safety, management, and education.

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