“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


Adirondack Wild Presents Award to Executive Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative
Saranac Lake, NY - Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has honored the work of Nicole “Nicky”’ Hylton-Patterson, the executive director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, a project of the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA). The group presented her with Adirondack Wild’s 2020 Wild Stewardship Award in recognition of her initiating and elevating difficult conversations about race, shared power, and influence in the Adirondack region over the past year. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild Presents 2020 Wilderness Award
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has presented its 2020 Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award, the organization’s highest honor, to Kevin Chlad, Director of Government Relations for the Adirondack Council with offices in Elizabethtown and in Albany. read PDF>

Conservation of Whitney Park an Urgent Priority
Yesterday’s announcement by landowner John Hendrickson of his intent to sell the remaining 36,000 acres of Whitney Park in Long Lake ought to command the immediate attention of state and private land conservation and planning organizations, says the non-profit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. read PDF>

High Peaks Recommendations Should Connect to Wilderness Management Plan
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve recognizes the initial efforts of the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group which issued an interim report this week. “An advisory body of diverse stakeholders, all volunteers, has been meeting distantly during the pandemic but nonetheless has reached consensus on recommendations to address some key existing pressure points in the High Peaks Wilderness region. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild Elects New Board Director and Advisor
At its May 2020 board meeting, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve elected Richard L. (Rick) Hoffman of Easton, Washington County, to join its board of directors and Sunita Halasz of Saranac Lake to join its advisory council. The meeting was conducted via Zoom due to the Coronavirus pandemic. read PDF>

Plan for Travel Corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid Fails to Assess Impacts from Climate Change and on the Forest Preserve.
A DEC plan for the 119-mile Travel Corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondack Park does not adequately assess actual and projected impacts on the Park’s public wilderness and natural resources according to the group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. At issue is whether the plan complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Adirondack Wild does not believe it does comply. The group filed comments on the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment with the Adirondack Park Agency this week. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild Urges APA to Declare Application Incomplete.
Northampton, NY – The nonprofit wild land advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is raising concerns about an application for a 37-lot residential subdivision development of an Adirondack Park lake and upland forest near the village of Northville which is full of vulnerable wetlands and wildlife habitats. The application has been submitted to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency, the first to be reviewed under new APA standards for large-scale subdivisions. read PDF>

Adirondack Conservationists Converge on State Capitol Seeking Personnel, Funding, Legislation to Better Protect the Park
ALBANY, N.Y. – Adirondack conservationists met at the State Capitol today to seek funding, personnel and legislation that would protect the Adirondack Park’s forests, waters and wildlife from surging crowds and inappropriate development in remote locations, while curbing the spread of road salt contamination and invasive species. read PDF>

Adirondack Wild Asks for More DEC Forest Rangers in State Budget
Albany, NY – While applauding large portions of Governor Cuomo’s proposed environmental budget, including support for the Governor’s Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submitted testimony to the State Legislature which calls for additional DEC Forest Rangers and trail crews and the testing of a pilot reservation system to reduce congestion and damage to the High Peaks Wilderness. read PDF>

Restore Mother Nature Bond Act
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve today applauded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $3 Billion Restore Mother Nature bond act for its potential to help chronically underfunded stewardship of the New York State Forest Preserve, private forests, and streams in the Ausable River, Sacandaga and other watersheds. “Mother Nature badly needs the Governor’s helping hand,” said Adirondack Wild’s David Gibson. “Not since 1996 has a New York governor proposed such a vitally needed and important environmental funding initiative. We pledge our strong support.” read PDF>

Adirondack and Catskill Organizations Oppose Merger of NYS DEC Forest Rangers and ECOs
Alternative snowmobile corridors proposed in the Remsen - Lake Placid Travel Corridor Draft Amendment violate the law and the “forever wild” mandate of the NYS Constitution and should be immediately removed from the draft according to Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.
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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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