Adirondack Park Agency

Maps & Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) uses GIS to understand and support the natural and cultural resources of the Park.

This page contains a sampling of Agency MAPS, DATA, STATISTICS, and ANALYSES.

Here's a brief history of GIS at the Adirondack Park Agency.

Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map - February 2017 edition

2017 Facsimile of the official zoning map showing private and state land classifications. Also includes the Adirondack portion of the NYS Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System.

View an interactive map.

View a fullsize PDF map (25 MB,) a reduced map image (6 MB,) or a smaller map image (690 kb)

REST endpoints: Feature Service, Tile Service

Download 2015 Shapefile suitable for use with GIS software. (17 MB LandClass20150428WGS84.zip)

View 2017 state and private land class acrage statistics by county and by town or village.

Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map

MAP ROOM

Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Map - June 1972 edition

June 1972 edition of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan map produced by the State of New York Adirondack Park Agency, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor. Indicates Wilderness, Canoe Area, Primitive Area, Wild Forest, Intensive Use state land classifications at that time.


view map (pdf 1.4MB)

Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map
Park Broadband Availability - November 2010

NY Broadband data is from the New York State Broadband Mapping Program.
The following maps depict NY Broadband data on Adirondack Park Agency base maps.

Visit New York State's Interactive Broadband Availability Map external link for the most current state-wide information, address search, area comparisons, glossary of terms and much more. Check out "The Basics" external link for summary information on this mapping project.

Adirondack Park Broadband Wireless Availability

Showing mobile wireless availability.

view PDF (682KB)

Map of Adirondack Park Broadband Combinded Wireless Availability - November 2010

Adirondack Park Broadband Wireline Availability Combined

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Area of broadband availability refers to those individual US Census Blocks, less than 2 square miles, or road segments within Blocks greater
than 2 square miles where each facilities-based provider of broadband service can provide
broadband services of minimal characteristics
within 7 - 10 business days.

Map of Adirondack Park Broadband Wireline Combined Availability - November 2010

Adirondack Park Broadband Wireline Availability

Showing DSL, Cable, and Fiber to the End User availability by census block or road segment.

view PDF (638KB) or GIF image (282KB)

Area of broadband availability refers to those individual US Census Blocks, less than 2 square miles, or road segments within Blocks greater
than 2 square miles where each facilities-based provider of broadband service can provide
broadband services of minimal characteristics
within 7 - 10 business days.

Map of Adirondack Park Broadband DSL, Cable, Fiber Wireline Availability - November 2010
Park Population Estimate of Towns from 2000 and 2010 Census

Census Population of Towns Within the Adirondack Park With Estimates for Census Blocks Straddling the Park Boundary.

View 2010 Map View slideshow (pdf 2.4MB)

View 2000 Map View slideshow (pdf 408kb)

Additional estimates of seasonal population and several 2010 Adirondack region KMZ data layers are also available.

Map: 2000 Census Population of Towns within the Adirondack Park
Population within a Days Drive

The question was raised,"how many people live within a days drive of the Adirondack Park?" This map and the GIS analysis behind it uses census data from the US and Canada clipped with a 350 mile buffer around the Adirondack Park. Our guess of a days car drive was derived from a 7 hour travel day with an average speed of 50 miles per hour.

So how many people are only a day away? There are around 84 Million people including about 18,000,000 Canadians and 66,000,000 Americans.

Map: Population within 350 miles of the Adirondack Park
view map (pdf 640kb)
Easements

Adirondack Forest Easements map - A generalized map of Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan private land classifications under DEC easements. (Some easements include public access rights, others do not. Don't trespass. Contact DEC for information about the location of protected lands with public recreation rights.)

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(pdf 450kb)

Map: Adirondack Forest Easements
Historic Forest Preserve

125 Years - New York State Adirondack Park Forest Preserve Lands - 1892 and 2017

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Map: New York State Adirondack Park Forest Preserve Lands 1892 and 2002
Land Cover

Adirondack Park Land Cover from USGS National Land Cover Data

An interpretation by the USGS of general forest covertypes in the United States.

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Map: Adirondack Park USGS National Land Cover
Schools

Adirondack Park School Districts map

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Map: Adirondack Park School Districts
Towers

Adirondack Park Cellular Towers Map

New and existing structures for which the APA has permitted cellular service use (1993 - 2016).

view map (pdf) updated September 20, 2016

Map: Adirondack Park Cellular Towers

Interstate 87 "Northway" Cellular Towers Map

New and existing structures for which the APA has permitted cellular service use (1993 - 2016).

view map (pdf) updated September 20, 2016

Map: Interstate 87 Cellular Towers
Viewshed Protection

Town of Day Viewshed Protection Area

view map (pdf 2.9MB)

view slideshow of analysis process (pdf 1.4MB)

Map: Town of Day Viewshed Protection Area
Zip Codes

Adirondack Park Zip Code Areas map

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Map: Adirondack Park Zip Code Areas
Historic Snowmobile Use on Forest Preserve

The State Land Master Plan (SLMP) outlines a "mileage cap" of snowmobile trails at the time of its adoption in 1972. However, the exact location of those trails was not included. This begs the questions ?Where were those trails?? This map is a re-creation of the DEC 1972 snowmobile trail brochure entitled: Snowmobile Trails in New York State (10/1972)

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(pdf 1 MB)

Map: 1972 Snowmobile Map
Military Training Routes

A map of New York's Air National Guard Adirondack Military Training Routes, or MTRs.

view map (pdf 603kb)

Map: 1972 Snowmobile Map
Water Wholly Surrounded by Forest Preserve

A map of lakes and ponds wholly surrounded by Forest Preserve.

view map (pdf 965kb)

Charts

Top 20 Largest Lakes

Lakes and Ponds by acreage

Lakes and Ponds by classification

Map: Water Surrounded Forest Preserve Map
Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Recreation Opportunities

A map of trails and roads aljacent to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Cooridor.

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A map of existing recreation opportunities and Natural Resources Limitations along northern portion of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Cooridor.

view maps (pdf 3.84 Mb) UPDATED 2/28/14

Map: Remsen-Lake Placid Recreation

 

Blueline
The Adirondack Park boundary. This boundary file should not be used for legal jurisdictional determinations. additional information view online map shapefile
REST Feature Service

DATA

Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map
April 28, 2015 Private and State Land Classifcation GIS data. metadata view online map shapefile (17MB)
REST tile service
REST feature service
Designated Rivers System
Adirondack portion of the New York State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational, Rivers System. metadata view online map shapefile zip (1MB)
REST feature service
Freshwater Wetlands
The following two layers of wetland data are provided to assist the public in planning projects in the Adirondack Park.  The data may not show all wetlands that are present in an area or the precise boundaries of wetlands.  For a determination on whether a wetlands permit is required, project planners are encouraged to contact Agency staff.  It may even be necessary for Agency staff to visit the property in order to assess whether wetlands will be affected by a planned project and to determine if a permit is needed. For more information, consult our Freshwater Wetlands flyer.
Official NYS Freshwater Wetlands - Regulatory wetlands in the Adirondack Park portions of Clinton, Essex, Lewis, Oneida, and Warren Counties promulgated pursuant to Article 24 of the Environmental Conservation Law (the Freshwater Wetlands Act.) view online map download data
AGOL page
REST tile service
Wetland Covertypes - Adirondack Park freshwater wetlands mapped by the Adirondack Park Agency with EPA funding. Wetlands are mapped by major watershed in the park. metadata view online map download data
REST tile service
2010 Census Data Adirondack Park Region
Adirondack Park Agency processing of 2010 US Census data for portion of northern New York State.
Places view in Google Maps places2010census.kmz
Towns & Cities view in Google Maps county_sub2010census.kmz
School Districts view in Google Maps school_districts.kmz
Census Tracts view in Google Maps tracts2010census.kmz
Census Blocks for the Adirondack Park (13Mb Esri File Geodatabase format GIS data)   Zipfile of File Geodatabase

 

2017 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2017 statistics
State and private land class acreage by county, town, and village. 2017 statistics
2014 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2014 statistics
2011 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2011 statistics
2009 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2009 statistics
2007 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2007 statistics
2003 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2003 statistics
2000 Park Land Use Classification Acreage Statistics
State and private land class acreage and percent by county. 2000 statistics

STATISTICS

Parcel Land Use and Land Classification by Town and County
View parcel count and acreage statistics for each town listing Assessor's property use class and APA land zoning class. county tables
Population - Seasonal Estimate
An estimate based on parcels classified as seasonal residence in 2006 combined with US Census number of persons per household in 2000. view statistics (pdf 23kb)

 

ANALYSIS & PRESENTATIONS

Park Population Estimate of Counties from 2010 Census
Estimate of the Adirondack Park 2010 Population view slideshow (pdf 2.4MB)
Park Population Estimate of Counties from 2000 Census
Estimate of the Adirondack Park 2000 Population view slideshow (pdf 408kb)
Mapping Historic Photos
Historic Photo Geographic Inventory - A Guide for Geocoding Library of Congress Photo Images developed by the Adirondack Park Agency. view paper (pdf 83kb)
Tip - Converting a GIS shapefile into a GPS Track
One option for uploading a GIS shape layer into a GPS unit as a track for reference in the field. Not intended to endorse any particular vendors. view slideshow (pdf 1.1MB)
Viewshed Protection Area Analysis
Town of Day Viewshed Protection Area Analysis Presentation given to the 2007 NYS GIS Conference. view slideshow (pdf 1.4MB)
Wetland Covertype Mapping
EPA funded APA Wetland and Watershed Reports index to reports
Mapping Wetlands with Aerial Imagery using Stereo Analyst for ArcGIS
Slideshow of remote wetland mapping using 3D visualization technology. view slideshow (pdf 4.6MB)

 

The "Cart Room"

In the basement of the APA headquarters there's a room called the "Cart Room." Cart is short for Cartography. Over the years this room has been filled with drafting tables, boxes stuffed with oversized rolled maps and flat files holding nearly 200 drawers of "quad" maps. Drafting pens and mylar began to give way in 1981 to our first computer affectionately but cautiously called "HAL." This was before the days of DOS when "digitizing" was an unknown concept to most of us.

Hal was replaced by a mini-computer then by UNIX, then by Windows. When these computers were still in the minority, they were named Colvin, Marcy and Hudson. Printers and plotters were named Winslow, Homer, and Tait after Adirondack painters. Now PC's are on every desktop - too many to name.

The Adirondacks were once "lands unknown." Explorer/cartographers like Verplanck Colvin and Seneca Ray Stoddard began charting the wilderness, providing a reference for us to follow. In the 1980's and '90's, digital maps of the Adirondacks by the APA brought these lands to the forefront of modern mapping in the state and perhaps the country.

A look at the APA "Lookup System". Describes how GIS is used at the APA headquarters to locate projects in relation to the resources of the Park. The Lookup System is not an on-line GIS application.

Online Map & Data Resources

The Adirondack Park Agency has several interactive maps available here.

Streaming geographic data (APA REST Endpoints) for use in your map applications is available here.

These maps and data should not be used for jurisdictional determinations. Please contact the Agency for classification of your property.


Download APA GIS Data

APA GIS Data

APA on ArcGIS.com external link
APA layer packages with symbology and metadata for park boundary, land class and wetlands. Must have ArcGIS 9.3.1 or above.

NYS GIS Clearinghouse external link

Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR) external link


Regional Mapping Applications

NYS Aerial Imagery
View and download Orthophoto Imagery for New York at
NYS Orthos Online external link
Orthophotos are photos taken from the air adjusted to overlay with maps.

DEC
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Mapping Gateway external link

Soils
Soil Maps from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Web Soil Survey external link
Provides detailed soils maps and descriptions. You must define an Area of Interest first then click the Soil Map tab.

Road Conditions
511NY Traffic, Travel and Transit Info
external link current travel conditions and maps from the NYS Department of Transportation

Cultural Resource Information System
NYS OPRHP Historic Preservation Office external link Access historic and cultural resource databases including National Register documents, building and archaeological inventory forms, and survey reports. After entering CRIS as a guest, click SEARCH to navigate the online map.

Historic Base Maps
Historic USGS Maps of New York and New England external link UNH Library reference images (not geo-referenced) of USGS quads from early 1900's.

County Real Property
Clinton County real property - use Public Access

Essex County real property

Fulton County real property

Hamilton County Online Mapping System

Herkimer County real property - use Public Access

St. Lawrence County Web Mapping Portal - various layers including parcel search

Saratoga County real property - use Public Access

Washington County real property - use Public Access

 

Adirondack GIS CD

The Shared Adirondack GIS CD-ROM for the Adirondack Park containing over 50 data layers, published in 2001 is no longer available.

Shared Adirondack Park GIS CD

 

Historic Bird's Eye Maps from LOC

View historic bird's eye maps collected from the Library of Congress for several communities in the Adirondack Park.
Download the kmz file to view in Google Earth (kmz 4.4MB requires Google Earth software)
View a YouTube tutorial showing how to enjoy these historic panoramas in Google Earth.