2023 Winter Appeal

Adirondack Wild has a well-earned reputation for standing up and speaking out for wilderness values in the Adirondack Park and for holding public officials accountable to the laws protecting the Adirondacks.

My family, including my grandson, wake each morning inside these Adirondacks and realize how the quality of our lives have been changed for the better by this remarkable place. It would not be so were it not for persistent, outspoken advocates for its protection, care, stewardship.

Adirondack Wild is such an advocate and takes actions wherever needed to mobilize public opinion to protect these wild lands, lakes, rivers, and wildlife that we treasure every day.

 Adirondack Wild’s advocacy counts. Here are just a few examples:

  • Nobody in Charge of our Lakes: Adirondack Wild is pressing our state agencies, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency, to take charge and undertake needed waterbody carrying capacity studies;
  • Save Our Ponds: Adirondack Wild assists citizens questioning a four-fold expansion of a marina at Lower Fish Creek Pond. The proposal is out of scale for this precious aquatic environment and should be carefully evaluated, and downsized. DEC is rightly asking the developer for more information;
  • Taking APA to court: APA failed to uphold its wetland regulations at another large marina expansion on Lower Saranac Lake. These wetlands are of the highest ecological value, yet last June the APA sidestepped its obligation to conserve them, forcing us to go to court. A decision is pending;
  • Embracing Article XIV: Adirondack Wild is an outspoken advocate for wilderness values and character as NYS DEC develops new trail design and maintenance standards which must comply with the “forever wild” clause of our state constitution;
  • Retaining Public Comment: Adirondack Park Agency staff proposed steps to restrict public comments. After Adirondack Wild raised vocal objections four members of the APA raised similar concerns and one cited Adirondack Wild’s advocacy. Public comment opportunities remain intact.

Elk Lake

Elk Lake. Photo by Ken Rimany

Suffice it to say that if Adirondack Wild did not exist, there would be less effective pressure exerted on our state agencies to do the right thing and protect wilderness and Adirondack Park’s precious natural beauty.

Our small team has decades of experience in Adirondack Park wildland protection and stewardship. There are no better, more seasoned, or more passionate advocates than ours.

Our board and advisory council members have an equally deep bench, including former APA members, former APA staff, wilderness advocates, and Park ecologists.

Adirondack Wild’s $40,000 Campaign for Wild Woods, Waters and Wildlife

The continued success of Adirondack Wild is very personal to me because we have an obligation to pass on this Park enhanced, not degraded, to our grandchildren. In our altered climate, that task has become even more urgent. That is why I so strongly support the work of Adirondack Wild.

Knowing that every dollar donated counts as effective advocacy for the Park, I appeal to you today to give generously to Adirondack Wild. We cannot do this work without you. In this season of giving, please help us raise $40,000 from all our donors during this winter fundraising campaign. I plan to give generously to meet this challenge. Won’t you please join me? You can respond in the enclosed envelope or via the Donate button at

And please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Adirondack Wild or about helping us meet our goal. I can be reached at

In advance, thank you so much for, by supporting Adirondack Wild, you are helping to protect the wild Adirondacks for those living today and for generations to follow.

In forever wild friendship,

Terry Jandreau, Chair
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve