“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


Dakota Access Pipeline

Cannonball, North Dakota -   A resident of Keene in the Adirondack High Peaks region has traveled to North Dakota to join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from endangering their water supply, invading sovereign lands, violating treaty rights and sacred sites. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild leaves BeWildNY

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has formally left the BeWildNY coalition. Adirondack Wild’s position is that a Wilderness classification of the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract would restore ecological connections to the High Peaks and Dix Wilderness areas to the north and necessitates the closure of the Gulf Brook Road to public motorized uses. read PDF>

Former APA State Land Chair Honored

Indian Lake, NY – Dick Booth, former Adirondack Park Agency (APA) State Land Chair and Member of the APA for eight years was honored this month for his public service to the APA, the Adirondack Park and the Park’s people and wilderness. He received the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award from the not-for-profit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve at the organization’s annual members meeting at the Indian Lake Theater. read PDF>

APA Draft Fails Key Wilderness Tests

Ray Brook, NY – Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve today calls for the NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to reject its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for classifying the Boreas Ponds at its monthly meeting on Thursday, and instead to consider additional alternatives which truly protect the Ponds and forest habitats around them as a large, magnificent addition to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. read PDF>

Kent Busman Receives Adirondack Stewardship Award

Indian Lake, NY – Kent Busman, a resident of Scotia, NY, has directed the Reformed Church in America’s Camp Fowler near Speculator in the Adirondacks for the past thirty years. This week, he was honored by the not-for-profit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve for teaching countless young campers and their families an ethic of environmental stewardship and responsibility for each other and for the Adirondack wilderness and world beyond. read PDF>

Marilyn Patterson Receives Adirondack Stewardship Award

Greig, NY – Town of Greig Town Supervisor Marilyn Patterson has been recognized by the not-for-profit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve for her ongoing efforts and those of citizens in her Town to protect an important forest aquifer from exploitation. Greig is located in Lewis County near the western edge of the Adirondack Park. Marilyn Patterson was presented with a Wild Stewardship Award at the Adirondack Wild’s annual members meeting at the Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake this past weekend.  read PDF>

High Peaks Wilderness Challenges

Keene, NY - Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is calling on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to re-establish Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to address overuse and resulting damage to wilderness resources in the High Peaks Wilderness, the largest, most visited wilderness in the Adirondack Park. read PDF>

2016 Wilderness and Wild Stewardship Awards Announced; Adirondack Wild’s Presentations at Indian Lake on October 1

Indian Lake, NY – Former Adirondack Park Agency Member and State Land Chair Richard Booth, who left the APA on July 1 after eight years of public service, will receive Adirondack Wild’s highest honor – the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.

The award will be conveyed on Saturday, October 1 at Adirondack Wild’s annual meeting at the Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake, Hamilton County, starting at 1 PM. The meeting is open to the public, but reservations are requested. There is no charge.  To reserve, please contact Ken Rimany at krimany@adirondackwild.org. read PDF>

Wilderness and Bikes

A bill has been introduced in the United States Senate which would significantly weaken the federal Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964. It would give local public land officials the authority to open any federal Wilderness area to mechanized travel in the form of all-terrain bicycling.. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild congratulates the Governor’s APA appointments; thanks State Land chair Richard Booth

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve congratulates the new members nominated to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed this past week by the NYS Senate: Chad Dawson of Onondaga County; John Ernst of Elk Lake Lodge in Essex County and from New York City; and Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake. read PDF>

Adirondack Groups Support Legislation to Reform the Adirondack Park Agency to Require Conservation Design for Major Subdivisions

Albany, N.Y. – New home construction in the backwoods of the Adirondack Park would be friendlier to wildlife, forests and water quality under legislation introduced by Assembly Conservation Committee Chairman Steve Englebright.  read PDF>

Adirondack Park Agency Board is Weakest in 45 years; Governor Must Nominate Highly Qualified, Committed Conservation Leaders This Spring

Keene, NY – Of the eleven members of the Adirondack Park Agency only one regularly displays a keen environmental planning commitment consistent with the legal obligations of the APA. Yet, the APA has had a clear environmental mandate from the State Legislature since 1971.   read PDF>

Wilderness Advocates Praise Governor's Purchase of Boreas Ponds Tract

NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. – An alliance of wilderness advocates today praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo for purchasing the 20,494-acre Boreas Ponds property in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park and adding it to the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve. read PDF>

Adirondack Groups Sue State Over Essex Chain Management Plan

Keene, NY – At its monthly meeting in Ray Brook this week the NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is poised to amend the State Land Master Plan (SLMP) in order to accommodate more recreational uses at the expense of natural resources and wilderness character. This is a completely misplaced priority says Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, the nonprofit advocacy and educational organization. The proposed SLMP change violates the Master Plan’s mandate that natural resource protection be the paramount consideration, and recreational use, while important, never be allowed to degrade wildness and natural resources. read PDF>

Adirondack Groups Sue State Over Essex Chain Management Plan

Albany, NY – Two Adirondack environmental groups today filed a lawsuit challenging the State’s approval of a new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the central Adirondack Park. The suit claims that the plan violates state law by allowing motorized and mechanized recreational uses in remote, wild areas that the law declares shall be off limits to such activity. The lawsuit was filed in state court in Albany by Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve and Protect the Adirondacks. The two groups are represented by Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm. read PDF>

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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.

Top left Mink Pond, Minerva © Ken Rimany; Loon ©Ken Rimany

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