The Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Council, Protect the Adirondacks, and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve are all calling for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to go slowly in making a final recommendation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the classification and management of roughly 40,000 acres of new and existing Forest Preserve in and around the Hudson Gorge. Read the full news release.
The same organizations also sent a joint letter to the APA regarding their concerns over development of APA’s recommendation for 2013 Forest Preserve classifications. Read the letter.
The New York Times wrote a piece regarding the classification:
Other media that have picked up the news release and discussed the issues:
- Keep jewels of the Adirondacks wild for future generations of New Yorkers (blog post from syracuse.com)
A recent Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request by Protect the Adirondacks revealed that Adirondack conservationists delivered in force when it came to letting the APA know of their support for a Wilderness classification for the Essex Chain Lakes. The FOIL revealed that The APA received over 3,600 written comments and various petitions with nearly 2,500 signatures. An analysis of these comments found that between letters, emails, and petitions the public supported a Wilderness classification at a 4-1 rate over Wild Forest (i.e., a motorized designation), the second most popular option by public comment. ADK members were a large part of this successful effort.