“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



RE: Comments on the NY State Adirondack Park Agency Draft Guidance: Guidelines for Appropriate Use of the Aquatic Herbicides Renovate and Renovate OTF to Manage Eurasian Water-Milfoil (EWM)

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve offers the following general and specific comments and concerns with regard to the Draft Guidance referred to above.  We thank the Park Agency for this opportunity to comment.

In general, Adirondack Wild would prefer that all non-herbicide (or chemical) control methods of invasive plant species be fully evaluated and implemented to the fullest extent possible before the consideration of herbicide use such as Renovate and Renovate OTF.  Eliminating or reducing the use of chemicals in the Adirondack ecosystem and certainly water bodies, is important to overall, long-term ecosystem health, water quality and biotic integrity. read more >

A NEW VISION FOR FOREVER WILD: Strengthening the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and Wild Land Management for Future Generations

The New York State Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), established in 1972, has stood the test of time as a quintessential policy and planning directive that carries out the will of all the citizens of the State to protect our “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve. This special report comprises Adirondack Wild’s assessment, review and recommendations to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS-DEC), Governor Andrew Cuomo and other State Agencies during the Park Agency’s current SLMP Listening Session process. read more >

RE: Changes to State Administration of All Terrain Vehicle (ATVs)

Dear Governor Cuomo:
The organizations listed on this letter urge you to resist any call for changes to New York’s All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) laws to be made as part of your 2015-16 Executive Budget Proposal. We don’t believe that the budget process is an appropriate venue for amendments to existing law governing the use of ATVs. read more >

Re. Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP)

Dear Mr. Clague: On behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, we appreciate the need to carefully manage this unit and surrounding units according to fundamental principles of wilderness management. As the classification discussion and debate made clear, the Essex Chain Lakes itself and the wild, natural and social/psychological aspects and attributes of this Primitive area are extremely sensitive and threatened by overuse. read more >

Report of Potential Article XIV and Wilderness Violation, Lot 8 of the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area, Town of Lewis, Essex County

Based on a recent press report in an article by Dan Crane in the Adirondack Almanac that suggested boundary line cutting of Lot 8 in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area, I chose to access the tract yesterday and assess the circumstances of possible boundary cutting in a designated Wilderness area
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NYS-DEC Mine Permit Renewal & Modification – Seventy Road Mine – Town of Lewis –Essex County, New York

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submits these comments on the above project, permit renewals and modifications for NYCO’s Seventy Road Mine facility in Lewis, New York. Public Hearing Warranted read more >


State ready to approve drilling for minerals on Adirondack Wilderness in violation of State law and without environmental analysis

Remind DEC and APA that “Lot 8” Remains Wilderness and to respect proper procedures and environmental safeguards
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Subject: I oppose the proposed “Draft UMP Amendment to the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area UMP.”

Dear Ms. Martino,
My three siblings and I jointly own property in the Adirondack Park. Before ownership passed to us from our mother, she donated part of the original land owned to the State for addition to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. My siblings and I are now in the process of donating a further parcel of our land to the State for potential addition to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. I am writing to express my deep concern about the proposed “Draft Unit Management Plan Amendment to the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area Unit Management Plan.”
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RE: APA Project No. 2013-128, Gull Bay Road, Town of Putnam, Washington County

Dear Rick and Virginia:
Adirondack Wild submits these comments of concern regarding the above cell tower project that we believe may present an undue, adverse impact on critical park resources in lands, scenic vista aesthetics and water quality among other concerns. We believe that the project is sufficiently controversial for these reasons that it ought to require consideration by the full Agency Member board to be directed to public hearing before any formal action towards approval be considered.
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Assembly Resolution No. 1088

COMMEMORATING the 50th Anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964, and the 120th Anniversary of New York State's Forever Wild constitutional protection
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Comments on the Final Hurricane and St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area Unit Management Plans

Dear Ms. Regan:
In 2010 Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve opposed the Agency's re-classification of these two mountain summits to Historic.  By taking such action, the Agency essentially spot-zoned two wilderness mountain summits and violated its own State Land Master Plan in several key respects:
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Draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands, Towns of Franklin and Brighton

Please accept these comments on the Draft Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands Recreation Management Plan (hereafter simply Draft Kushaqua RMP) on behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. read more >

Northeast Wolf Coalition Position Statement in Response to:

“Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing It as Endangered”
This letter is written in response to the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposal to delist the gray wolf (Canis lupus) from federal Endangered Species (ESA) protection per 78FR 546145616, dated 5 September 2013 and the agency’s extension of the public comment period per 79FR 7627 7629, dated 10 February 2014. We have two major concerns with this proposal...
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Letter to FCC

In the Matter of: Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies Acceleration of Broadband Deployment: Expanding the Reach and Reducing the Cost of Broadband Deployment by Improving Policies Regarding Public Rights of Way and Wireless Facilities Siting ...
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Re. Potential Mining Operations in Jay Mountain Wilderness, Adirondack Forest Preserve

We understand that, at a recent meeting of the Forest Preserve Advisory Committee ("FPAC") on January 10, 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental COnservation ("DEC" or the "Department") announced that it intends to publish a draft temporary revocable permit ("TRP") authorizing NYCO Minerals, Inc. ("NYCO") to engage in mineral sampling revocable permit on designated wilderness land...
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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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