“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. Proposed Cedar River Bridge and Recreational Trail

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve (“Adirondack Wild”) submits these comments in response to the application by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC” or “Department”) for a permit and variance under 6 NYCRR Part 666 of the Department’s regulations implementing the New York Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers Act (“Rivers Act”), N.Y. Envtl. Conserv. Law (“ECL”) art. 15, title 27. Adirondack Wild respectfully submits that an adjudicatory hearing on the application is required pursuant to 6 NYCRR § 621.8(d) because substantive and significant issues exist relating to the application, and the resolution of those issues may result in denial of the permit application. read more >

Re. P2018-0123, Woodward Lake, Large-Scale Subdivision Application

Adirondack Wild offers the following pre-application comments about this first subdivision to be reviewed under new APA standards and procedures for large scale subdivisions. We appreciate the new opportunity to comment about natural resource/site information and conceptual design early in the project review process before the application is deemed complete. read more >

Re. High Peaks Wilderness Area and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest UMP amendments

Dear Rob and Kathy,
Adirondack Wild is pleased to submit its comments about these critically important, highly interrelated UMP amendments.  Our comments will focus on four overarching subject areas:
  1. Protecting fragile natural resources by controlling overuse through a permit system;
  2. Carrying capacity studies;
  3. Access issues;
  4. Natural resource descriptions and assessments.

read more >

Re. Unit Management Plan Amendments and Public Comment

We write to express concern about a joint, simultaneous public comment period for the Department’s Initial Draft Unit Management Plan amendments for the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest. Given the size and scope, complexity and controversy of these initial draft UMP amendments, the proposed joint, minimal 30-day comment period would not be in keeping with APA’s policy for review of Unit Management Plans pursuant to the State Land Master Plan.  read more >

Boreas Ponds Management

Now that the classifications of the Boreas Ponds tract have been approved by the Governor, it falls to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to consider management of this magnificent landscape in the form of amendments to the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest and High Peaks Wilderness unit management plans (UMPs).  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.

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