Current Actions

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft Essex Chain Complex Unit Management Plan. This draft UMP seeks to manage public recreational use of the newly purchased and classified 12,000-acre Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lake Primitive Areas of the Forest Preserve in association with the adjacent Wild Forest, Wilderness and conservation easement […]

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Protect the Adirondacks has identified a potential new 12,850-acre Wilderness area in the southern Adirondack Park. The new West Stony Creek Wilderness consists of 3,925 acres of lands recently purchased by the State of New York from The Nature Conservancy and over 8,925 acres of existing Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Benson (Hamilton […]

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Background In 2013, Protect the Adirondacks filed a lawsuit that challenges the construction and management of snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). PROTECT alleges that state actions by the APA and DEC violate state law and the State Constitution. PROTECT has long opposed […]

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Have You Seen a Cougar? Cougar Watch is a project to record public sightings of cougars (Puma concolor) in and around the Adirondack Park. There are regular reports of cougar sightings throughout the Adirondacks, but there has not been a publicly available repository to record these sightings. Cougar Watch will organize and map these reports. […]

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Protect the Adirondacks manages the largest water quality monitoring program in the Adirondack Park in partnership with the Adirondack Watersheds Institute at Paul Smith’s College. In 2014, we over 70 lakes and ponds will be enrolled in this program, with over 100 volunteers involved. This partnership is called the Adirondack Lakes Assessment Program (ALAP) and […]

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The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has begun an official process to loosen rules to make clearcutting Adirondack forests much easier. The APA passed a draft new General Permit at its November Board meeting and issued a notice to take public comments in the Environmental Notice Bulletin on November 28th. Public comments will be accepted until […]

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