“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. Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Draft Amendment & Draft Supplemental EIS

Dear Mr. Schmid,
Adirondack Wild appreciates yet another opportunity to comment on this Draft Travel Corridor UMP amendment. The most significant change since our last round of comments has been Supreme Court of Franklin County’s 2017 ruling that the 2016 Travel Corridor Draft Unit Management Plan failed to conform to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) because that UMP improperly tried to amend the Master Plan itself by creating a new Recreational Trail classification. In response to that Court’s decision, the APA amended the APSLMP to incorporate Recreational Trails or Rail Trails within the Travel Corridor classification, either alongside Railroad uses or as a substitute for rail. As a result, one of Adirondack Wild’s principal objections to the 2016 UMP amendment – that it blatantly violated the Master Plan - has been addressed. read more >

Letter to Basil Seggos, Forest Rangers

We write out of concern for the NYS DEC Forest Rangers and the DEC Division of Forest Protection comprised of Forest Rangers within the Office of Public Protection, or OPP. Over the years, a diverse coalition of stakeholders within the Adirondacks, Catskills and beyond have written to your predecessors, the latest instance being in 2011, with concerns that the Forest Rangers and the Environmental Conservation Officers might be merged within OPP.  read more >

DEC Completes Sustainable Trail Improvements in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

250-Foot Stretch of Murphy-Middle-Bennet Trail Rehabilitated
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that a 250-foot section of trail has been rehabilitated along the Murphy-Middle-Bennett Trail in Wilcox Wild Forest, town of Wells, Hamilton County. This project is part of the Adventure NY Initiative to connect New Yorkers with the outdoors. read more >

Re. “Sustainable Trail Improvements” for Bicycling, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve received DEC’s publicity that “sustainable trail improvements” along 250 feet of the Murphy-Middle-Bennett Ponds trail in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest had been completed this month with the help of the Velo Bicycle Club. We were intrigued by the news and went to look at the improvements.   The crushed stone, durable surface placed on top of the existing corduroy in this section of trail is impressive work, indeed. read more >

Enact a permit system in High Peaks

Ms. Elizabeth Izzo reported on DEC (state Department of Environmental Conservation)-Essex County discussions (July 3) about Route 73 parking restrictions, hiker shuttles, hiker education, new trailheads and possible hiking fees in the High Peaks Wilderness. Some of these steps are good but completely insufficient to control overuse and comply with the State Land Master Plan’s wilderness guidelines. read more >

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter

Dear Assemblyman Englebright and Senator Kaminsky,
We write to request that you consider passage of a constitutional amendment to rectify an open-ended threat to one of the premiere wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. As you know, in 2013 New York voters narrowly passed (53%-47%) an amendment to Article XIV of the New York State Constitution (which mandates that state-owned Forest Preserve lands be kept “forever wild”) allowing NYCO Minerals, Inc. (“NYCO”) to sample for the mineral wollastonite on a 200-acre portion of state-owned Forest Preserve lands known as “Lot 8” in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in Essex County. read more >

Climate and Community Protection Act, S. 7971 - A. 10342

Dear Senator Hoylman, Assemblyman Englebright and colleagues, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve applauds efforts in the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly to create a Climate Action Council and to approve measurable standards and indices that can help achieve the State’s and Governor Cuomo’s goal of a carbon neutral economy by 2050. read more >

Cross Country Ski Trail Guidance

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submits these comments for consideration by the APA as the agency moves to complete the Final Cross Country Ski Trail Guidance. Adirondack Wild has gladly participated in many meetings with DEC and APA on this topic over the past several years, and we appreciate the considerable amount of staff effort expended by both agencies to reach this point. read more >

NYS Budget - More Forest Rangers Needed

Imagine New York State’s “forever wild” Forest Preserve without an admired, well-supported and trained cadre of NYS DEC Forest Rangers to take care of it. In 2018, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 105 wildfires that burned a total of 845 acres, participated in 24 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 610 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in 2,354 tickets or arrests. 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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