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Dear Friend of the Wild,

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has just published a new guidebook titled, Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions. It shows how conservation science, if well applied locally, can lead to wiser land use decisions in the Adirondacks.
In this time of decreasing state and federal support for conservation, locally-based grassroots efforts, such as those described in Pathways, will become ever more important to sustaining the entire Adirondack Park. To issue reports like Pathways, and to do the necessary important follow-up with the strategies it recommends, we need your help.

 When Adirondack Wild issued the publication, Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action in 2015, we realized that documenting how New York State is compromising its legal duties to protect the Park’s wilderness was insufficient. Are you aware that more than half of all private land development in the Park receives no NYS Adirondack Park Agency review whatsoever?

Since the decisions made by the Park’s 102 local governments play a critical role in how the entire Park develops - we felt that a practical guide was needed to help guide the Park’s communities in planning with their ecological resources in mind. Pathways describes ten tested strategies based on conservation science which can help all of the Park’s towns to develop in ways that maintain their forests, rivers and wildlife which connect with the public’s Forest Preserve.

Dr. Michael Klemens, Adirondack Wild’s landscape conservation advisor and principal author of Pathways, writes:  Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Parkputs to rest the false dichotomy that a community must choose between economic development and ecological stewardship. In fact, Park communities are crucial to the survival of wilderness.”

Michael is right. Even outspoken advocates like Adirondack Wild must listen and strengthen conservation at the grassroots level, and that is what Pathways is all about.

Please know that Adirondack Wild receives no government support. We rely entirely on you, our wonderful members, along with some foundations for getting behind our advocacy and educational efforts and programs. When you can’t be in the room, Adirondack Wild speaks for you and all those who believe in a moral obligation to steward the Adirondacks for future generations. We weave advocacy with science, are very nimble so we can quickly address threats, offer solutions, and hold our New York State officials accountable for their actions or inactions.

Once again, we’re asking for your generous support to allow Adirondack Wild to act for you to protect and enhance the quality and character of the Park which we all love so well, for us and for those who follow us.

Your contribution will allow Adirondack Wild to:

  • Support the conservation science of one of the region’s most effective conservation biologists, Dr. Michael Klemens;
  • Advance and apply the strategies described in Pathways in Park communities and to continue our advocacy in Park at a Crossroad;
  • Advocate even harder for an expansion of the High Peaks and Dix Mountain Wilderness Areas at Boreas Ponds;
  • Resist and defeat any attempt by the governor, legislature or any corporation to weaken our State Constitution’s “forever wild” Article 14.

Please make your contribution now and we will immediately send your hard copy of Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions in the mail.

Thank you in advance for your support once again, and for your past generosity, as well. We’re on the wild’s side, and we know you are, too.

Wishing you a healthy, wonderful summer season.

David Gibson, Managing Partner          Dan Plumley, Partner          Ken Rimany, Partner


You can download Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions here on our website or if you would like your own hard copy, simply email your request to Dave Gibson at dgibson@adirondackwild.org.


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Friends of the Forest Preserve, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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 panorama: Ashokan Reservoir ©Ken Rimany; Suzanne Roberson portrait ©Ken Rimany

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Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
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David H. Gibson, Partner
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