“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 comments on Heartwood Champion Permit Amendment APA 2010-0298

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has undertaken a preliminary review of some of the publicly available project file information (under a Freedom of Information Act Law request) for the proposed permit amendment, APA Project No. 2010-0298 which would significantly alter permit conditions for APA Permit 98-313 so as to permit up to 220 hunting camps to remain on conservation easement lands across upwards of 110,000 acres of Resource Management lands. read PDF >

Adirondack Wild comments on state policy for issuing temporary permits for use of Forest Preserve.

We appreciate that this TRP policy attempts to build on many years of DEC effort to control the routine issuance of permits which, in many cases, were neither temporary in their effects on the Forest Preserve, nor revocable in practice. Just over a decade ago and for many years prior, TRPs were issued that resulted in widespread illegal and unconstitutional cutting of trees, bulldozing of trails and roads, uses of all-terrain vehicles and other motor vehicles to cross Forest Preserve in the absence of deeded rights of way, to name a few. These permits had little or no vigilant review and approval from Forest Preserve managers and attorneys, and the practices carried out under the permits often were carried out without any DEC supervision whatsoever. The resulting damage to the Forest Preserve in both the Adirondack and Catskill Parks was well documented and in many cases remains to this day. The sunlight shed on the TRPs that resulted in these and other damaging activities resulted from discovery through private intervention in a lawsuit against the Department starting in 1998. read PDF >

Adirondack Wild comments on CASE 10-E-0155 - Proceeding Re. Right-of-Way Management Practices

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve writes to support the excellent comments and recommendations of the Greenburgh Environmental Forum. We also write to emphasize the importance of special guidelines for vegetation management, clear zones and power poles which are protective of the state’s mandate to safeguard the wild forest and rural character, scenic quality, and ecological importance of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. 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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Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
David H. Gibson, Managing Partner
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