“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



Comments on the Revised Kildare, Five Mile Recreation Management Plan
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve (“Adirondack Wild”) appreciates the many important revisions to this RMP since 2017, and the work that DEC Region 6 has put into it in response to prior public comments. read more >

Debar Mountain Wild Forest GEIS Scoping Document (Debar Lodge)
Adirondack Wild has reviewed the the department’s and the Adirondack Park Agency’s proposed scope of impacts that may result from the proposed removal of Debar Lodge and, under the State Land Master Plan, proposed reclassification of 41 acres from current Wild Forest to Intensive Use. read more >

Proposed Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive Area UMP Amendments
The proposed amendments to the 2016 Essex Chain of Lakes Management Complex (ECLMC) Unit Management Plan (hereinafter, the “UMP”) may appear trivial in terms of overall management of the unit and the amount of area affected. In fact, neither are trivial in terms of their purpose and priority, which is, as stated on page 3, “an interest in increasing visitor use of the ECLMC.” read more >

US Army Ft. Drum - Programmatic Enviornmental Assessment
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is a not-for-profit advocate and educator about the wilderness and wild lands of the Adirondack Park, including the Park’s constitutionally protected public lands known as the Adirondack Forest Preserve. read more >

Memo to the NYS Senate Environmental Conservation Committee re. 2020 APA Nominees
On June 8 we learned of Governor Cuomo’s 2020 slate of nominees to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). These nominees are: NEW: Mark Hall, Zoe Smith, Ken Lynch, Andrea Hogan; RENOMINATED: Art Lussi, Dan Wilt, John Ernst. read more >

APA Map Amendment 2019-01, Lake Luzerne
We write to follow-up our verbal comments at the agency’s May public hearing concerned with the proposed map amendment in the Town of Lake Luzerne. Following the hearing, we investigated the area along Hidden Valley Road outside the hamlet of Lake Luzerne. In terms of its roadside character, the Rural Use area off that road contrasts sharply with the Moderate Intensity Use area on the same road. There are far fewer structures, driveways and commercial uses on the Rural Use side of Hidden Valley Road. Most of that area appears thickly forested from the roadway, consistent with maps provided in the Draft Supplemental EIS (DSEIS). read more >

Re. Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Amendment

Dear Ms. Lynch, Dear Rick and John, Adirondack Wild commends NYS DEC and APA for your recent strengthening of the UMP amendment with respect to the impacts of climate change and the responsibilities of both your agencies to consider State Land management recommendations in relation to our society’s obligations under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019. read more >

Re. Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Amendment

Dear Ms. Lynch, In 2017, Supreme Court of Franklin County ruled that the 2016 draft Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment failed to conform to the APSLMP because that UMP improperly tried to amend the Master Plan itself by creating a new Recreational Trail classification. read more >

Re. Project 2018-0123, Woodward Lake Subdivision Application

Dear Ms. Lynch, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the February 12, 2020 application. To date, APA has faithfully followed transparency and comment opportunity guidelines promised by its large-scale subdivision application process. We thank you and thank the agency for keeping to those very important 2018 commitments. read more >

Statement to the New York State Legislature Concerning the Executive Budget

Dear Mr. Schmid,
To Senator Krueger, Assemblywoman Weinstein and all Members of the Joint Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committee Public Hearing Re. Executive Budget for the Environment Overview: Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve enthusiastically supports Governor Cuomo’s proposed $3 Billion Restore Mother Nature bond act and asks for the NYS Legislature’s support for its passage this fall. 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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