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June 1972 edition of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Map
"The lands now or hereafter constituting the Forest Preserve
shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be
sold, nor shall they be leased or taken by any person or corporation,
public or private."
-- New York State Legislature, May 15, 1885
Adirondack Park State Land
New York State has one of the oldest land preservation programs
in the United States ...
Over a century ago, New Yorkers established the Forest Preserve.
An act of the Legislature in 1885 declared that State-owned lands
in eight Adirondack and three Catskill counties should "be forever
kept as wild forest lands." Further, the land could not
be sold or leased.
The Act was a notable beginning, but it was inadequate to stop
those who abused the land, and the struggle to preserve the forests
continued. Dams were proposed which would have flooded many of
the deeper forested valleys. Finally, in 1892, the Adirondack Park
was created to encompass both the Forest Preserve and private lands
in the central region. The State Constitution of 1895 redefined
the Forest Preserve, adding that lands shall not be cut, "nor
shall the timber thereon be sold, removed, or destroyed."
State Land Classification Definitions
Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan
-- Word Accessible version -- PDF version
February, 2014 edition of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan with updated Area Descriptions, Statistical Information and Appendices
State Land Master Plan Map
State Land Classification Acreage
2011 Statistics (see the Maps/GIS page for more statistics)
Of Understanding Between The Adirondack Park Agency And The Department
Of Environmental Conservation Concerning Implementation Of The State
Land Master Plan For The Adirondack Park (pdf 944kb)
MOU Appendices A-D: Policies on Tree Cutting, All-Terrain Bicycles, Wilderness Fisheries Management and Snowmobile Trail Bridge Design
MOU Appendix E: Management Guidance on Snowmobile Trail Siting, Construction & Maintenance
MOU Appendix F: Inter-Agency Guidelines for Control of Terrestrial & Aquatic Invasive Species on Forest Preserve Lands
Planning for the
Adirondack Park Forest Preserve -- Flyer describing the Adirondack
Park State Land Master Plan as a framework for stewardship of the
Park's public lands. (pdf 276kb)
How do you protect the Forest Preserve?
Current unit management plan (UMP) status
APA State Land Program -- overview of APA staff responsibilities and activities
Plan for Management of Terrestrial Invasive Plant Species on State
Land in the Adirondack Park (StateLandInvasivesPlan.pdf 431kb)
Governor Cuomo Approves Finch Land Classification
Link to press release: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/02072014-finch-land-classification
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)
Staff map documenting 1972 snowmobile trail use on Forest Preserve
The map was prepared by Agency staff to document the extent of
snowmobile trails designated by the DEC on Forest Preserve in 1972
at the time of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan's adoption.
The maps in the DEC 1972 snowmobile brochure entitled "Snowmobile
Trails in New York" LF-P2 (10/72) were digitized at a scale
of 1:24,000 utilizing best available sources for confirmation of
trail locations. The resulting park-wide map indicates that an estimated
743 miles of designated snowmobile trails existed on Forest Preserve
in 1972. see map...
State Land Presentations
Alpine Ecology PDF
Snowmobile Mileage Limits on Wild Forest
view text version of slide
Proposed Temporary Revocable Permit Policy PDF