“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more
than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves
of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
—Wallace Stegner's Wilderness Letter, December 3, 1960

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COMMENTS

2017

12/30/17
Re. Amendments to the SLMP/ State Land Classification & DSEIS All citizens have an equal stake in the future of the Boreas Ponds, McIntyre, Casey Brook and more than 30 other tracts acquired for the Adirondack Forest Preserve under the current administration. “We all own an undivided deed to these Adirondack lands of solitude, peace and tranquility” wrote Friends of the Forest Preserve founder Paul Schaefer. This is a rare opportunity which the Adirondack Park Agency has afforded to Adirondack Wild and to thousands of New Yorkers to comment on the appropriate classifications of these tracts.
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12/26/17
Comments on Draft Large-Scale Subdivision Application Revisions Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve appreciates the opportunity to have informally discussed revisions to the Adirondack Park Agency’s (“APA”) Large-Scale Subdivision Application. We have for many years urged APA to do what you are now proposing to do for large, potentially high impact subdivisions in Resource Management and Rural Use, including steps that encourage pre-application meetings with applicants, conceptual sketches, early identification of primary and secondary natural resources and aesthetic amenities, public comment at the sketch phase on the scope of potential environmental and other impacts as well as alternative plans that may have pose fewer or no impacts to natural resources and doing all of this long before any lot lines are drawn and before significant engineering expenses incurred. read more >


12/07/17
133 Conservation Groups Tell Congress: Keep Bikes Out of Wilderness A broad coalition of 133 conservation and Wilderness organizations from across America, including Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, has asked Congress “to reject an unprecedented call to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness.”
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11/27/17
Re. Draft Generic Transportation Corridor Unit Management Plan For State Highway Travel Corridors in the Adirondack Park (TCUMP) Introductory Comments: On behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, we congratulate the NYS Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and sister agencies for completing this tremendous task of a generic Travel Corridor UMP for the Adirondack Park. read more >


11/21/17
Groups oppose State plan for new road which would threaten rare boreal forest Earthjustice and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve have criticized a plan by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to build a new road in a remote region of the Adirondack Park that would, for the first time, allow public motor vehicle access to a rare and pristine boreal forest. read more >


11/09/17
Re: Comments on the Kildare, Five Mile, and Raquette-Jordan Boreal Unit Management Plan Amendments Earthjustice and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve (“Adirondack Wild”) jointly submit these comments regarding the proposal by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC” or “Department”) to amend the Unit Management Plan (“UMP”) for the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area (the “Boreal Primitive Area”)1 to allow construction of a new 1.25-mile road for the purpose of providing increased motorized access to the Boreal Primitive Area and adjacent conservation easement lands. read more >


09/27/17
RE: High Peaks Wilderness Area: Re-establish Citizen Advisory Committee

Given serious, reoccurring user pressure on the Park’s largest and most visited Wilderness area, particularly the eastern zone of the High Peaks, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve recommends that the DEC convene a stakeholders meeting process or a citizen advisory committee (CAC) to reassess and update fully the existing Unit Management Plan (UMP) and to make critical recommendations for enhancing and restoring wilderness conditions in advance of next summer’s hiking season. read more >


08/10/17
Re. Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is pleased to offer comments about this longawaited
draft UMP and its compliance with the State Land Master Plan (SLMP). We
congratulate you and the entire DEC team for the many years of effort that went into the
drafting of this significant, complex UMP affecting so many residents in the Tri-Lakes area and
the many, diverse recreational enthusiasts who visit this region of the Park. read more >


07/18/17
RE: Recreational Overuse, Degradation of the High Peaks Wilderness, and Need to Convene a Citizen Advisory Committee

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submitted the attached letter to NYS DEC
last September documenting our serious concerns over degradation of wilderness
conditions in the High Peaks Wilderness due to recreational overuse. Our letter requested
that DEC reconvene a citizen advisory committee (or CAC) to help DEC and APA to review
and update the 1999 Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the High Peaks. To date we’ve
received no written response to our request from the Department. read more >


02/02/17
Barile Subdivision, Lake Placid

All citizens have an equal stake in the future of the Boreas Ponds, McIntyre, Casey Brook and more than 30 other tracts acquired for the Adirondack Forest Preserve under the current administration. “We all own an undivided deed to these Adirondack lands of solitude, peace and tranquility” wrote Friends of the Forest Preserve founder Paul Schaefer. This is a rare opportunity which the Adirondack Park Agency has afforded to Adirondack Wild and to thousands of New Yorkers to comment on the appropriate classifications of these tracts. read more >


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The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

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