High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group

In November, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner, Basil Seggos, announced the formation of a strategic planning initiative for sustainably managing public use in the Adirondack High Peaks region. Comprised of representatives from key stakeholders in the region, including ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the advisory group will be meeting twice a month through June 2020 in an effort to determine short and long term solutions to address impacts associated with increased use of the High Peaks region.

The group is focused primarily on five goals for managing public use in the High Peaks: ensuring public safety within communities, along roadways, at trailheads, and in interior areas; protecting natural resources and recreation infrastructure; providing a quality recreation experience; supporting local economic vitality; and making decisions based on science using the best available data. We will be uploading the approved minutes from each meeting to this page to support the transparency and understanding of this process.

Public comments regarding issues related to managing use in the High Peaks Region, and what might be done to address these issues, can be submitted using the contact info below. The public is encouraged to submit comments as soon as possible to ensure they are considered by the Advisory Group during their deliberations.

12/05/19 – Meeting Minutes
12/16/19 – Meeting Minutes
01/03/20 – Meeting Minutes
01/21/20 – Meeting Minutes
02/02/20 – Meeting Minutes
02/18/20 – Meeting Minutes
03/16 – 04/20/20 – Meeting Minutes 

Read more about the strategic planning advisory group at the NYSDEC’s website.

For questions and input on the process, please contact the NYSDEC Region 5 office.