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Welcome to the Adirondack Park Agency

The APA is a New York State government agency, consisting of approximately 54 staff and an eleven-member board. In 1971 the APA was created by the State Legislature to develop long-range land use plans for both public and private lands within the Park.


Proposed Emergency Project Regulations

The Adirondack Park Agency Board authorized staff at its January meeting to hold public hearings and accept public comment for a proposed emergency project regulations.  The Agency will accept written comment on this matter until March 21, 2015.

Hearings dates and locations:

March 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Adirondack Park Agency
1133 St. Rt. 86
Ray Brook, New York
March 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, Room 129
Albany, New York

Please address written comments to: Jennifer McAleese, Senior Attorney, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, New York 12977
Or by email -

For more information please see the Notice of Proposed Rule Making

Woodworth Lake MapAPA Board Unanimously Approved Woodworth Lake Subdivision Project

Stringent Environmental Protections Required by Permit Conditions

Over 95% of Project Site Remains as Open Space

See the Press Release for more information.

Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Public Comment Summary

In October of 2014, the Adirondack Park Agency announced the beginning of a public process to consider amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP), including amendments associated with the Essex Chain of Lakes. Four listening sessions were held and public comment was accepted. The listening sessions were held on October 29 in Ray Brook, November 3 in Newcomb, November 17 in Albany, and November 24 in Old Forge. These comments have been compiled into this summary document. This document has comments organized by topics whenever possible.

Resolution Adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency Commends the Town of Inlet for Water Quality Legislation

Resolution adopted October 9, 2014 by the Adirondack Park Agency commends the Town of Inlet for its enactment of legislation to protect water quality through the mandatory inspection of onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Read the resolution...

Governor Cuomo Approves Finch Land Classification

Link to press release:

New Park Map

View the New Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map. Open an interactive map of Park Land Classification. Or find more mapping resources here.

Adirondack Park Agency Approves State Land Classification Action

Adirondack Park Agency Board voted unanimously to recommend that Governor Cuomo approve the Agency’s Preferred Alternative to classify recently acquired New York State Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park 


The Agency’s recommendation provides for a mixed use of Wilderness, Primitive, Wild Forest and State Administrative land classifications. It will establish five new Forest Preserve Units, and include a multi-use Wild Forest corridor between the Primitive and Wilderness Units. The new areas will include:

  • The Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area (23,494 acres);
  • The Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area (6,955 acres);
  • The OK Slip Pond Primitive Area (30 acres);
  • The Pine Lake Primitive Area (2,912 acres);
  • The Polaris Mountain Primitive Area (953 acres); and
  • The addition of over 8,000 acres into the existing Blue Mountain and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Areas.

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (pdf 1.7mb)

FSEIS Maps (pdf 8mb)

Appendix to the FSEIS (pdf 14.8mb)

Resolution with Attachments (pdf 1.6mb)

Press Release

Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Terrestrial and aquatic invasive species harm the Park’s natural environment and cause social and economic hardship to landowners and governments.  The aquatic invasive Eurasian watermilfoil can render your favorite fishing or swimming hole un-useable while Japanese knotweed roots can push through concrete foundations and asphalt driveways. Please visit these resource links below to find out more about invasive species and what you can do to help.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP):
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Invasive Species Clearinghouse:
Slideshows presented at the APA/DEC hosted Hydrilla Workshop which was held in Warrensburg, NY on April 11, 2014 are available here.

Adirondack Club and Resort Final Order and Authorized Permits

Transmittal of Order
APA Project Findings & Order 2005-100
Agency Permit 2005-100.1 - Ski Area & Resort
Agency Permit 2005-100.2 - Marina
Agency Permit 2005-100.3 - Large Eastern Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.4 - Small Eastern Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.5 - Lake Simond View
Agency Permit 2005-100.6 - Sugarloaf North
Agency Permit 2005-100.7 - Cranberry Village
Agency Permit 2005-100.8 - East Village
Agency Permit 2005-100.9 - Tupper Lake North
Agency Permit 2005-100.10 - Tupper Lake South
Agency Permit 2005-100.11 - Sugarloaf East
Agency Permit 2005-100.12 - Small Western Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.13 - Westface Expansion
Agency Permit 2005-100.14 - West Slopeside

Press Release

In a Hurry? Fast FACTS to keep you informed…

On many pages of our web site, in this location you'll find what we consider to be commonly needed information. Fast FACTS - easy access to common questions and useful information.

Citizen's Guide to Adirondack Park Agency Land Use Regulations -- This document explains APA jurisdiction for land owners and project sponsors. (pdf 370kb)

See About the Park for information on Adirondack history, nature, geography and more.

Jurisdictional Inquiry Form -- (updated 3/28/2013 pdf 51kb)

Who is on the Adirondack Park Agency Board? Find out here...

Agency Meeting

January 15 Agency Meeting
mailing package...
Schedule of 2015 Agency Meetings

Towers Information

Adirondack Cell Coverage Continues to Improve (updated 12/31/2013)
- Park Towers Map
- Northway Towers Map
- Park Inventory
- Important information about the inventory
- September 2010 press release


Grant Opportunities

Local Government Efficiency Grant Program from the NYS Dept. of State's Local Government Services

Green Innovation Grant Program

NYS Smart Growth

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grants

NYS Office of Community Renewal - New York State Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009







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