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FIELD NOTES: SAFEGUARDING THE WILD

Adirondack Wild Promotes Park Legislation

By David Gibson

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has written to NYS Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee chairman Steven Englebright endorsing his Assembly bill 5451 to promote the integrity, resilience and legislated purposes of open space resources in the Adirondack Park.

The legislation is consistent with a key recommendation in Adirondack Wild’s 2015 report Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action.

This legislation makes conservation subdivision design for certain residential subdivisions in defined resource areas of the Adirondack Park the site plan standard. It adds critically needed definition, scientifically-derived standards of project review and rigorous assessments consistent with accepted planning principles in order to avoid and minimize the most serious negative impacts of larger subdivisions of the Park’s most protected private land classifications.

The positive outcome of this legislation will be the maintenance of large, contiguous tracts of useful, forested open space in the most sensitive private land classifications, many of which border the “forever wild” Forest Preserve.

Adirondack Wild CMYK30
Memorandum of Support for A. 5451
to curtail rural sprawl in the Adirondack Park

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve urges adoption of A. 5451 (Englebright) to promote the integrity, resilience and legislated purposes of open space resources in the Adirondack Park.

This legislation makes conservation subdivision design for certain residential subdivisions in defined resource areas of the Adirondack Park the site plan standard. It adds critically needed definition, scientifically-derived standards of project review and rigorous assessments consistent with accepted planning principles in order to avoid and minimize the most serious negative impacts of larger subdivisions of the Park’s most protected private land classifications. The positive outcome of this legislation will be the maintenance of large, contiguous tracts of useful, forested open space in the most sensitive private land classifications, many of which border the “forever wild” Forest Preserve.

For 45 years, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has had authority to apply rigorous scientific standards to protect the Park’s most sensitive private land open space devoted to forestry uses, open space recreation and agriculture. However, impact avoidance and the protection of large tracts of open space require the APA to actually use its authority. In recent years, that authority has not been used. 

As a result, since 2012 over 6,000 acres of forested land in Resource Management (RM) classification were broken up by 600+ permitted residential units in Tupper Lake; 24 single family homes were permitted to fragment 1000 acres in Resource Management in Bleecker; and 17 lots were just permitted to fragment hundreds of acres of RM in North Elba.

In the absence of the legislation, forestry practices on ever smaller and more fragmented residential lots are made impractical, hunting and fishing opportunities are curtailed, endemic Adirondack wildlife requiring large tracts of forest are placed at greater risk, and ecologically damaging, more expensive subdivisions can be anticipated, all resulting in the fragmentation or break-up of the contiguous and economically valuable forested landscape of the Park.

This legislation would make conservation subdivision design principles the default standard for APA review of a very limited number of development projects in the Park. The vast majority of landownerships would be unaffected by this legislation.

For further information: contact David Gibson or Dan Plumley at www.adirondackwild.org, or at 518-469-4081.



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