“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s
peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms
their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir

IN THE NEWS - 2018

02/05/18 • The Boreas Ponds deal was cut long before Friday’s vote. Does this matter?
The Adirondack Park Agency commission voted 8-to-1 on Friday to approve a classification plan for the Boreas Ponds tract in Essex County. The plan will add roughly 11,000 acres to the High Peaks Wilderness and it prevents development on a vast swath of the Park. But a small group of environmental activists say it does not go far enough. read PDF >

02/02/18 • APA approves Boreas Ponds classification
After years of public debate, the Adirondack Park Agency voted 8-1 on Friday morning to approve a classification for the Boreas Ponds Tract that splits it into two main categories, Wilderness and Wild Forest. Most environmental groups applauded the decision, characterizing it as a compromise that will protect the ponds, streams, wetlands, and mountain slopes on the 20,543-acre tract while giving the public reasonable access. read PDF >

02/02/18 • State must continue to protect the Wilderness legacy
For most New Yorkers, the Adirondack Park is akin to Yellowstone or Yosemite National Parks in spirit, experience, and wilderness character. Places like this are refreshingly unique in this uber-busy, over-crowded, tumultuous world that always seems to be facing precipitous change. read PDF >

02/01/18 • Boreas plan draws mixed reactions
Reaction to the state Adirondack Park Agency’s proposed plan for the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds Tract was swift and largely united in praise, with a vocal factor expressing disdain.

Last week the APA released its proposed classification, which would add more than 11,000 acres to the High Peaks Wilderness while leaving more than 9,000 acres as mechanized-recreation-friendly wild forest. The classification of Boreas has been a hot topic since the state purchased the property from The Nature Conservancy in 2016. read PDF >

01/31/18 • To some wilderness advocates, Boreas Ponds compromise goes too far
Some Adirondack wilderness advocates argue a proposed compromise to give the Boreas Ponds tract both "wilderness" and "wild forest" designations marginalizes the tract’s environmental value and sacrifices a chance to preserve pristine wildlands. read PDF >

01/30/18 • Adirondack Park Agency Releases Its Classification Proposal For Boreas Ponds Tract
Adirondack Park Agency will meet later this week to vote on the classification of the Boreas Ponds land tract purchased by the state from the Nature Conservancy in April 2016 for $14.5 million. In advance of the final decision, the agency released its classification proposal.  Most environmental and community interests say it's a reasonable compromise. read PDF >

01/17/18 • New York’s Governor Wants to Run Roughshod Over the Adirondacks. We Just Stopped Him.
As we continue our fight against Trump’s recent decision to slash the size of two national monuments in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, Earthjustice attorneys are battling a number of other attempts across the country to undermine our public lands. read PDF >

01/04/18 • Adirondack Park Agency urged to act against oil tanker storage
Worried that the state's appeal to the federal government to block the storage of obsolete oil tanker cars on an Adirondack rail line may take too long, opponents are urging the Adirondack Park Agency to take immediate action against the line's owner. read PDF >


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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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