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Dear Friend of the Wild,

When a small group of committed individuals launched Adirondack Wild in 2010, they saw an urgent need to place New York State, once again, into the leadership position for wilderness protection in the country. After all, thanks to “forever wild” in our state’s constitution we are the place where wilderness preservation began in America.

Adirondack Park at a Crossroad - A Road Map for Action – Unfortunately, we’ve been witnessing state officials responsible for stewarding our wild Adirondacks betraying their legal responsibilities. As strong advocates for the stewardship of the public trust in wilderness and large ecosystems, we issued, Adirondack Park at a Crossroad - A Road Map for Action. This publication identifies and documents a pattern of failure to fulfill a legal mandate to protect this magnificent ecosystem and recommends new public policies and steps for improvement. It is the first critique of state wilderness performance in the Adirondack Park in a generation.

Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Improve Land Use Planning
Knowing that in the Adirondack Park’s 103 towns and villages that each plays a crucial role in land use planning and decision making, we also issued a second important publication, Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Improve Land Use Planning. Pathways inspires and encourages local government to use innovative planning techniques grounded in ecological science. The goal is to help communities create their own land use plans and practices that keep the private lands of the Park connected to and functioning integrally with the protected public lands, as a matrix of the whole, while at the same time encouraging human communities to flourish.

This fall, both publications are bearing fruit. Some of our key recommendations have been embraced:
In 2018 the NYS Adirondack Park Agency created a new application which requires conservation design of the largest private residential subdivisions. Conservation design is a series of planning steps to spatially site and cluster new residences and roads in ways which avoid forest fragmentation and ecological damage while still allowing considerable private development. Now, we are watchdogging the

APA to make sure it upholds these higher standards for the Park’s largest private developers;
At the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, our wilderness advocacy helped ensure 11000 acres of new Forest Preserve Wilderness around the Boreas Ponds, even as we push the DEC to reach for and achieve higher standards of wilderness management across the High Peaks and other Wilderness, Primitive and Wild Forest areas;

Some in-Park local government leaders have embraced the innovative planning techniques in Pathways to a Connected Park and are looking to Adirondack Wild for help. And that additional help relies upon you, our members.

Please help us to follow-up the recommendations in these two influential documents, Crossroads and Pathways. Without advocates and educators like Adirondack Wild, we will witness more erosion of what contrasts the Adirondack Park with anyplace USA, including the fragmentation of the character and integrity of our mountain and riparian ecosystems which connect both public and private lands.
Ultimately, what we do depends completely upon the generous financial support we receive each year. Simply put, we cannot do this work without you. With your support during this season of giving, you will help us:

Reach our matching gift goal of $150,000 – which will be matched dollar for dollar by two generous members;

Uphold the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act in the NYS Court of Appeals against efforts by the State to evade the legal protection of these protected rivers. We are in court to defend this important law thanks to our partnership with Earthjustice;

Spread our efforts to promote the innovative planning techniques described in Pathways in more communities across the Park.

In advance, thank you very, very much for your kind considerations, your matching gift, and your devotion to the wild Adirondacks and Forest Preserve.

We wish you much joy and fulfillment this fall and into the Holiday season, and well beyond into 2019!
In “forever wild” friendship,

David Gibson
Managing Partner

Chris Amato
Vice Chair and Counsel

Suzanne Roberson


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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

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

David H. Gibson, Partner
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