“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. Amendments to the SLMP/ State Land Classification & DSEIS

All citizens have an equal stake in the future of the Boreas Ponds, McIntyre, Casey Brook and more than 30 other tracts acquired for the Adirondack Forest Preserve under the current administration. “We all own an undivided deed to these Adirondack lands of solitude, peace and tranquility” wrote Friends of the Forest Preserve founder Paul Schaefer. This is a rare opportunity which the Adirondack Park Agency has afforded to Adirondack Wild and to thousands of New Yorkers to comment on the appropriate classifications of these tracts. read more >

High Peaks Wilderness Area - Re-establish Citzen Advisory Committee

Given serious, reoccurring user pressure on the Park’s largest and most visited Wilderness area, particularly the eastern zone of the High Peaks, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve recommends that the DEC convene a stakeholders meeting process or a citizen advisory committee (CAC) to reassess and update fully the existing Unit Management Plan (UMP) and to make critical recommendations for enhancing and restoring wilderness conditions in advance of next summer’s hiking season. read more >

Bikes in Wilderness S. 3205

Dear Chairman Craig and Commissioner Seggos,
A bill in the United States Senate was introduced in July which would weaken the federal Wilderness Preservation System Act of 1964. It would give local public land officials the authority to open federal Wilderness areas to mechanized travel in the form of all-terrain bicycling. read more >

letter to US Senators Schumer and Gillibrand

Dear Senators Schumer and Gillibrand,
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve was one of 116 organizations around the country which earlier this year communicated to the U.S. Congress our collective opposition to Senate 3205 (sponsored by Senators Hatch and Lee of Utah). read more >

Memorandum of Support, A. 10669 to strengthen land use development provisions in order to curtail rural sprawl in the Adirondack Park

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve urges legislative adoption of A. 10669, legislation to promote and further the protection of the ecological integrity, wildlife and forest resources of the Adirondack Park. read more >

Boreas Ponds - Adirondack Wild’s Case for an expanded High Peaks Wilderness

A first impression of the Boreas Ponds is one of supreme mountain majesty. The High Peaks Wilderness looms just to the north. The declivity of Panther Gorge separating Mts Marcy and Haystack appears so close it beckons you. As your kayak slips into these waters, a great solitude embraces the water on all sides amongst dense stands of spruce and fir. Loons ahead on the first Boreas pond call repeatedly – they are completely unused to human contact. A red-tailed hawk soars over the second pond. read more >

Protect Wilderness from Bikes

Dear Member of Congress,
The 116 undersigned organizations urge you to reject calls to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness. read more >

Re. Comments on Proposed Amendments to the State Land Master Plan, or SLMP, and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or DSEIS

Dear Ms. Regan,
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve appreciates the opportunities we have had since 2014 to provide our perspective and views on revisions to the State Land Master Plan. We took part in the 2014 Agency Listening Sessions, 2015 group meetings, and now the 2016 public hearings. In December, 2014 we issued a report on Strengthening the State Land Master Plan where we stressed that the SLMP was one tangible end result of earlier generations of New Yorkers who, over the course of 80 years, had inspired the drafting of the National Wilderness Preservation System Act of 1964. read more >

Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan - public hearings

Imagine that you are helmeted and geared up to take your fat tired bicycle into the Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive area or any other Primitive area. You leave the Deer Pond parking area, sign in at the trailhead, and head down the trail. At this moment, where is your focus, where is your attention? I will tell you where mine was last summer, as I tried this. read more >

Essex Chain Law Suit

Respondent / Defendant Adirondack Park Agency (“APA” or “Agency”) has approved a Unit Management Plan (“UMP”) for recently acquired Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park that violates the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (“SLMP”) and the New York Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act (“WSRRSA”), N.Y. Envtl. Conserv. Law. (“ECL”) Art. 15, Tit. 27, by unlawfully introducing motor vehicles and mechanized uses into remote, wild areas that are protected from such uses under state law. read more >

Plumley Testimony - Amendments to the Adirondack park SLMP

Good evening – my name is Dan Plumley and I am a Partner with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. The great conservationist Paul Schaefer established Friends of the Forest Preserve in 1945 and it was reconstituted as Adirondack Wild more recently in 2010.  We represent the interests of some 700 members at present. read more >


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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.

Top left Mink Pond, Minerva © Ken Rimany; Loon ©Ken Rimany

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
David H. Gibson, Managing Partner
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