Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions
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Adirondack Wild announces its 2017 publication of an illustrated guide for how conservation science can be applied to land use planning inside and outside of the Adirondack Park. Titled Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions, the 30-page booklet recommends ten tested, non-regulatory strategies to serve as a “pathway” to ecological, science-based site planning. Local governments in the Park can apply these to enhance their community’s development while protecting their most vulnerable natural resources.
The publication’s lead author is conservation biologist Dr. Michael Klemens, Adirondack Wild’s landscape conservation advisor. “In this time of decreasing state and federal support for conservation, locally-based grass roots efforts such as described in Pathways will become ever the more vital to sustaining the ecological and economic health of the Adirondack Park,” said Dr. Klemens.
As a stakeholder in the Park’s future, we invite you to read our guidebook.
The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action
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This critique is about current dangers to the Adirondack Park from the very state agencies legally responsible for its protection and stewardship – the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. It carefully documents an erosion of state agency standards and political will to maintain the fragile integrity of the Park’s ecological balance. In fact, today’s Park and its natural resources face grave threats. That is the story and the purpose of Part 1 of the Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action.
We identify the threats and ongoing damage to the integrated public and private landscape of the Adirondack Park, and offer recommendations on how to avoid these threats, strengthen existing law and policy, enhance state agency performance and higher standards, and thus pass on one of America’s most precious natural assets unimpaired to future generations.
As a stakeholder in the Park’s future, we invite you to read our report.