“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



Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Dear Assemblyman Englebright and Senator Kaminsky,\
We write to request that you consider passage of a constitutional amendment to rectify an open-ended threat to one of the premiere wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. As you know, in 2013 New York voters narrowly passed (53%-47%) an amendment to Article XIV of the New York State Constitution (which mandates that state-owned Forest Preserve lands be kept “forever wild”) allowing NYCO Minerals, Inc. (“NYCO”) to sample for the mineral wollastonite on a 200-acre portion of state-owned Forest Preserve lands known as “Lot 8” in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in Essex County. read more >

Climate and Community Protection Act, S. 7971 - A. 10342

Dear Senator Hoylman, Assemblyman Englebright and colleagues, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve applauds efforts in the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly to create a Climate Action Council and to approve measurable standards and indices that can help achieve the State’s and Governor Cuomo’s goal of a carbon neutral economy by 2050. read more >

Cross Country Ski Trail Guidance

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submits these comments for consideration by the APA as the agency moves to complete the Final Cross Country Ski Trail Guidance. Adirondack Wild has gladly participated in many meetings with DEC and APA on this topic over the past several years, and we appreciate the considerable amount of staff effort expended by both agencies to reach this point. read more >

NYS Budget - More Forest Rangers Needed

Imagine New York State’s “forever wild” Forest Preserve without an admired, well-supported and trained cadre of NYS DEC Forest Rangers to take care of it. In 2018, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 105 wildfires that burned a total of 845 acres, participated in 24 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 610 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in 2,354 tickets or arrests. 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.

Top left Mink Pond, Minerva © Ken Rimany; Loon ©Ken Rimany

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Christopher Amato
Vice Chair & Counsel

David H. Gibson, Partner
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