Protect the Adirondacks

Protect the Adirondacks Protect the Adirondacks' mission is to preserve the Park’s wild character for current and future generations through a combination of advocacy, grassroots organizing, independent public oversight, research, education, and legal action.

Environmental organization that works to defend the forever wild Forest Preserve, waters, and great forests of the Adirondack Park.

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Cool hike No. 80 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 4.7-mile hike on the acclaimed "Schaefer Trail" to the su...
09/16/2021
Hike Gore Mountain

Cool hike No. 80 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 4.7-mile hike on the acclaimed "Schaefer Trail" to the summit of Gore Mountain. Great views, beautiful forest trail. Hike starts in downtown North Crick. This hike will get you itching to ski: https://protectadks.org/hike-gore-mountain/…

The Schaefer Trail to the summit of Gore Mountain is a long hike through beautiful forests and a downhill ski area to a mountaintop with grand views Gore Mountain (The Schaefer Trail) 4.7 miles (9.4 miles round trip) Town of Johnsburg Park Lands/Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest/Gore Mountain Inten...

The 3.4-mile hike to Shelving Rock on the east side of Lake George in Washington County is fun hike No. 79 outside the b...
09/14/2021

The 3.4-mile hike to Shelving Rock on the east side of Lake George in Washington County is fun hike No. 79 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness. Best to go mid-week as this trail is often crowded on weekends: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-shelving-rock/

The 3.4-mile hike to Shelving Rock on the east side of Lake George in Washington County is fun hike No. 79 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness. Best to go mid-week as this trail is often crowded on weekends: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-shelving-rock/

New multi-use "trail" by @NYSDEC in the Catskills raises constitutional issues and other concerns as it looks like the s...
09/14/2021

New multi-use "trail" by @NYSDEC in the Catskills raises constitutional issues and other concerns as it looks like the state is ignoring the recent Court of Appeals decision that found the DEC had violated Article 14, Section 1 of the State Constitution: https://www.protectadks.org/new-nysdec-wide-multi-use-trail-in-the-catskill-forest-preserve-raises-serious-constitutional-issues/

New multi-use "trail" by @NYSDEC in the Catskills raises constitutional issues and other concerns as it looks like the state is ignoring the recent Court of Appeals decision that found the DEC had violated Article 14, Section 1 of the State Constitution: https://www.protectadks.org/new-nysdec-wide-multi-use-trail-in-the-catskill-forest-preserve-raises-serious-constitutional-issues/

The 2.5-mile hike to Big Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area, outside of Raquette Lake, is cool hike No. 78 ...
09/12/2021

The 2.5-mile hike to Big Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area, outside of Raquette Lake, is cool hike No. 78 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness. The trail winds through beautiful mature and mixed forests to a pretty lake with sandy beaches: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-big-shallow-lake/

The 2.5-mile hike to Big Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area, outside of Raquette Lake, is cool hike No. 78 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness. The trail winds through beautiful mature and mixed forests to a pretty lake with sandy beaches: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-big-shallow-lake/

The 2.1-mile hike up Mud Pond Mountain, outside of Long Lake, in Hamilton County, on the Cedarlands Conservation Easemen...
09/10/2021

The 2.1-mile hike up Mud Pond Mountain, outside of Long Lake, in Hamilton County, on the Cedarlands Conservation Easement, is open now and is cool hike No. 77 outside the heavily used High Peaks Wilderness. Fun, steep in parts, pretty lake views: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-mud-pond-mountain-in-cedarlands/

The 2.1-mile hike up Mud Pond Mountain, outside of Long Lake, in Hamilton County, on the Cedarlands Conservation Easement, is open now and is cool hike No. 77 outside the heavily used High Peaks Wilderness. Fun, steep in parts, pretty lake views: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-mud-pond-mountain-in-cedarlands/

The majority of school districts in NYS saw declining student enrollments 2010 to 2020. Far from just an Adirondack thin...
09/07/2021
Majority of school districts across New York State see declining enrollments 2010-2020

The majority of school districts in NYS saw declining student enrollments 2010 to 2020. Far from just an Adirondack thing, this trend is the norm across Rural America: https://www.protectadks.org/majority-of-school-districts-across-new-york-state-see-declining-enrollments-2010-2020/

It’s back to school time in the Adirondacks and New York State. One of the things that always happens at this time is reports about school district enrollments year-over-year in a particular area. These stories are useful and interesting, but they usually lack context. With the beginning of the re...

The 3-mile hike into Pine Lake is cool hike No. 76 outside the heavily used High Peaks Wilderness. The lake is one of th...
09/07/2021
Pine Lake

The 3-mile hike into Pine Lake is cool hike No. 76 outside the heavily used High Peaks Wilderness. The lake is one of the most remote in the Adirondacks, though visited by floatplanes. You can walk or ride a bike along old dirt roads: https://www.protectadks.org/pine-lake/

Pine Lake is a stunningly beautiful lake, and is in one of the most remote and least populated areas in the Adirondack Park Pine Lake 3 miles (6 miles round trip) Blue Mountain Wild Forest Indian Lake, Hamilton County Hiking, Snowshoeing, Mountainbiking, Cross-Country Skiing Level of Difficulty: Mod...

Bravo. Hats off to the Adirondack Land Trust for helping to improve public access to Moxham Mountain, one of the great h...
09/07/2021
250 acres added to Forest Preserve on Moxham Mountain -

Bravo. Hats off to the Adirondack Land Trust for helping to improve public access to Moxham Mountain, one of the great hikes in the Adirondack Park: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/09/250-acres-added-to-forest-preserve-on-moxham-mountain.html

Acquisition Increases Public Access and Recreational Opportunities The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Land Trust today announced the addition of 250 acres to the Forest Preserve on Moxham Mountain between Minerva, Essex County and North Creek, Warren Cou...

The 6-mile hike to the Siamese Ponds, great for a fall hike, is cool hike No. 75 outside the High Peaks Wilderness Area....
09/03/2021
Siamese Ponds

The 6-mile hike to the Siamese Ponds, great for a fall hike, is cool hike No. 75 outside the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Beautiful country: https://www.protectadks.org/siamese-ponds/

Siamese Ponds is a 12 mile round trip, moderate to difficult hike along a river and reaching Lower Siamese Pond Siamese Ponds 6 miles (12 miles round trip) Siamese Ponds Wilderness Johnsburg, Warren County Hiking, Snowshoeing Level of Difficulty: Challenging   Hike to Siamese Ponds The 6-mile Siame...

Short and sweet is the half-mile-hike up Belfry Mountain, which is cool hike No. 74 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderne...
09/02/2021
Hike Belfry Mountain

Short and sweet is the half-mile-hike up Belfry Mountain, which is cool hike No. 74 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area. Great view of the Champlain Valley from a tall firetower: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-belfry-mountain/

Belfry Mountain is a short hike to a small mountain with firetower with a big view in the Town of Moriah in the Champlain Valley Belfry Mountain 0.45 miles (0.9 miles round-trip) Hammond Pond Wild Forest Moriah, Essex County Hiking, Snowshoeing Level of Difficulty: Easy   Hike Up Belfry Mountain Be...

We're not alone. Wisconsin cities all grew, but rural areas shrank. "Across Wisconsin and the nation, populations are sh...
09/02/2021
There are pockets of growth, but many parts of rural Wisconsin continue to lose people

We're not alone. Wisconsin cities all grew, but rural areas shrank. "Across Wisconsin and the nation, populations are shifting from rural to urban areas. While this is a long-term phenomenon, it seems to have accelerated over the past 10 years": https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2021/08/31/rural-wis-counties-losing-population-small-farms-have-dwindled/5594415001/

Wisconsin's overall population grew 3.6% to 5.9 million, but nearly 30% of the counties, mostly in rural areas, lost residents.

Good read @UpshotNYT @nytimes about intensifying population density growth in suburbs closest to city edges and in urban...
09/02/2021
The Downtown Decade: U.S. Population Density Rose in the 2010s

Good read @UpshotNYT @nytimes about intensifying population density growth in suburbs closest to city edges and in urban cores. This trend was seen in metro areas across the U.S. We're now seeing a country of very high density and very low density areas: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/01/upshot/the-downtown-decade-us-population-density-rose-in-the-2010s.html

Outer suburbs still grew the fastest, but many downtowns and central districts also grew rapidly.

Cool hike No. 73 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area in the long 6.5-mile hike up Pharaoh Mountain, outside of B...
09/01/2021

Cool hike No. 73 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area in the long 6.5-mile hike up Pharaoh Mountain, outside of Brant Lake, in the central Adirondacks. Trail runs along Pharaoh Lake, which has some terrific campsites: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-pharaoh-mountain/

Cool hike No. 73 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area in the long 6.5-mile hike up Pharaoh Mountain, outside of Brant Lake, in the central Adirondacks. Trail runs along Pharaoh Lake, which has some terrific campsites: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-pharaoh-mountain/

Our take in the Adirondack Almanack on the new sustainable hiking trail under construction, soon to be completed, at Mou...
09/01/2021
New model sustainable hiking trail on Mt. Van Hoevenberg nears completion

Our take in the Adirondack Almanack on the new sustainable hiking trail under construction, soon to be completed, at Mount Van Hoevenberg: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/08/new-model-sustainable-hiking-trail-on-mt-van-hoevenberg-nears-completion.html#comments

The new sustainable hiking trail under construction to the summit of Mount Van Hoevenberg is expected to be completed in the early fall. This project has been a priority of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This project started in 2018 and marked a completely different approach to....

The 3.8-mile hike into the north side of West Stony Creek, outside of Northville, on a new part of the Northville-Placid...
08/31/2021
Hike West Stony Creek

The 3.8-mile hike into the north side of West Stony Creek, outside of Northville, on a new part of the Northville-Placid Trail, is fun hike No 72. outside of the heavily used High Peaks Wilderness Area: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-west-stony-creek/

The 3.8 mile hike to West Stony Creek from the north side leads through old growth forest to a beautiful river valley West Stony Creek (north side) 3.8 miles (7.6 miles round trip) Shaker Mountain Wild Forest Benson, Hamilton County Hiking, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing Level of Difficulty: Mode...

Here's the interview the Capital Pressroom looking forward to at Governor Kathy Hochul, and back at Andrew Cuomo, and th...
08/31/2021
Adirondack Park advocates have extensive to-do list for new governor

Here's the interview the Capital Pressroom looking forward to at Governor Kathy Hochul, and back at Andrew Cuomo, and their priorities in the Adirondack Park: https://capitolpressroom.org/2021/08/30/adirondack-park-advocates-have-extensive-to-do-list-for-new-governor/

August 30, 2021 - Protect the Adirondacks Executive Director Peter Bauer has some ideas for how Gov. Kathy Hochul should take care of the Adirondack Park, including addressing housing needs, overhauling state oversight and purchasing Whitney Park. Bauer also reflects on former Gov. Andrew Cuomo's le...

The 1-mile hike into Rock Lake, between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, is cool hike No. 71 outside of the over-used...
08/30/2021

The 1-mile hike into Rock Lake, between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, is cool hike No. 71 outside of the over-used High Peaks Wilderness Area. Beautiful forests, great hidden beach: https://www.protectadks.org/rock-lake/

The 1-mile hike into Rock Lake, between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, is cool hike No. 71 outside of the over-used High Peaks Wilderness Area. Beautiful forests, great hidden beach: https://www.protectadks.org/rock-lake/

Very cool trail No. 70 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 1.25-mile hike up Chimney Mountain. Beautiful ...
08/30/2021

Very cool trail No. 70 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 1.25-mile hike up Chimney Mountain. Beautiful forests, great geology, and cool, actually cold, caves. Trail is outside of Indian Lake and parking lot is on private land and costs $5: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-chimney-mountain/

Very cool trail No. 70 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 1.25-mile hike up Chimney Mountain. Beautiful forests, great geology, and cool, actually cold, caves. Trail is outside of Indian Lake and parking lot is on private land and costs $5: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-chimney-mountain/

Cool hike No. 69 outside of the over-used High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 5-mile Northwest Bay hike to Montcalm Point ...
08/28/2021

Cool hike No. 69 outside of the over-used High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 5-mile Northwest Bay hike to Montcalm Point on the west side of Lake George, just north of Bolton Landing. Trail is mostly flat, and rolls through deep forests along the shoreline: https://www.protectadks.org/northwest-bay-trail/

Cool hike No. 69 outside of the over-used High Peaks Wilderness Area is the 5-mile Northwest Bay hike to Montcalm Point on the west side of Lake George, just north of Bolton Landing. Trail is mostly flat, and rolls through deep forests along the shoreline: https://www.protectadks.org/northwest-bay-trail/

Cool hike No. 68 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 2.5-mile loop trail around Moss Lake, between Eagle Bay a...
08/26/2021

Cool hike No. 68 outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 2.5-mile loop trail around Moss Lake, between Eagle Bay and Old Forge. A great place also to paddle and swim, beautiful forests and wetlands: https://www.protectadks.org/moss-lake/

Always great to talk with hosts of "Talk of the Town" on WUTQ FM 100.7 TALK in Utica about all things Adirondacks. Today...
08/25/2021
Peter Bauer of 'Protect the Adirondacks' Highlights ADK Priorities for New Gov. Hochul | TALK! 100.7 FM

Always great to talk with hosts of "Talk of the Town" on WUTQ FM 100.7 TALK in Utica about all things Adirondacks. Today we talked about priorities for new Governor Kathy Hochul in the Adirondacks and a major development in White Lake/Forestport: https://wutqfm.com/peter-bauer-of-protect-the-adirondacks-highlights-adk-priorities-for-new-gov-hochul/

Executive Director Peter Bauer of Protect the Adirondacks highlights 10 ADK policy and environmental priorities for New York's new Governor Kathy Hochul.

Cool hike No. 67 outside of the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 3.9-mile hike up Bald Mountain, just outside E'town in...
08/24/2021

Cool hike No. 67 outside of the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 3.9-mile hike up Bald Mountain, just outside E'town in Essex County. Steep and rugged with stunning views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-bald-mountain-giant-mountain-wilderness/

Cool hike No. 67 outside of the busy High Peaks Wilderness is the 3.9-mile hike up Bald Mountain, just outside E'town in Essex County. Steep and rugged with stunning views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness: https://www.protectadks.org/hike-bald-mountain-giant-mountain-wilderness/

Kathy Hochul, the two-term New York State Lieutenant Governor from the Town of Hamburg in Erie County, was sworn in last...
08/24/2021

Kathy Hochul, the two-term New York State Lieutenant Governor from the Town of Hamburg in Erie County, was sworn in last night as the 57th Governor of New York. She is the first female Governor in New York's history. Protect the Adirondacks welcomes our new Governor and wish her great success.

We urge Governor Hochul to take a fresh look at the state’s priorities in the Adirondack Park. We look forward to working with the new Governor and her new team to forge a new path for the Adirondack Park. Here are 10 priorities that demand attention and action and will help to set a new tone and improve the overall management of the Adirondack Park and protection of the Forest Preserve.

1. Institute transparency and openness in Adirondack Park policymaking.

2. Follow the law.

3. Save Whitney Park.

4. Invest in the Forest Preserve.

5. Fix the Adirondack Park Agency.

6. Fix the Department of Environmental Conservation.

7. Protect Adirondack waters.

8. New investments in rural community and economic development.

9. Invest in affordable housing.

10. Finalize New York's Climate Change plan.

Protect the Adirondacks urges Governor Hochul and her staff to reach out to and listen to a wide and diverse array of voices in the Adirondacks and North Country and throughout the state. We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and her team to protect the Adirondack Park and to protect the forever wild Forest Preserve.

Read more: https://www.protectadks.org/adirondack-park-priorities-for-governor-kathy-hochul/

Kathy Hochul, the two-term New York State Lieutenant Governor from the Town of Hamburg in Erie County, was sworn in last night as the 57th Governor of New York. She is the first female Governor in New York's history. Protect the Adirondacks welcomes our new Governor and wish her great success.

We urge Governor Hochul to take a fresh look at the state’s priorities in the Adirondack Park. We look forward to working with the new Governor and her new team to forge a new path for the Adirondack Park. Here are 10 priorities that demand attention and action and will help to set a new tone and improve the overall management of the Adirondack Park and protection of the Forest Preserve.

1. Institute transparency and openness in Adirondack Park policymaking.

2. Follow the law.

3. Save Whitney Park.

4. Invest in the Forest Preserve.

5. Fix the Adirondack Park Agency.

6. Fix the Department of Environmental Conservation.

7. Protect Adirondack waters.

8. New investments in rural community and economic development.

9. Invest in affordable housing.

10. Finalize New York's Climate Change plan.

Protect the Adirondacks urges Governor Hochul and her staff to reach out to and listen to a wide and diverse array of voices in the Adirondacks and North Country and throughout the state. We look forward to working with Governor Hochul and her team to protect the Adirondack Park and to protect the forever wild Forest Preserve.

Read more: https://www.protectadks.org/adirondack-park-priorities-for-governor-kathy-hochul/

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The Adirondacks is a unique mixture of private and public lands, communities and wilderness. Formed in 2009 as the result of a merger between two long-standing environmental conservation groups, Protect the Adirondacks strives to ensure that this great experiment of people and wilderness thriving together is a success. We believe that the Adirondack Park offers a one-of-a-kind experience which needs to be preserved for current and future generations. The mountains and waters of the Park have been an escape from the fast pace of urban society for hundreds of years and PROTECT hopes our work will continue to provide those who live, work, and play in the Adirondacks with a place they can find peace, adventure, and home.

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We are almost halfway there! 19k in one week -- amazing neighbors and concerned citizens. Please help us keep Rainbow Lake commercial activity free, and consider a donation to the Rainbow Lake Defense Fund...
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Congrats on getting the victory against DEC and APA in the New York Court of Appeals: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2021/05/tree-cutting-lawsuit-appeal.html You have fought an ethical fight on behalf of all of us who care about nature & wildlife of ADK and the law. I cannot thank you enough! It is unfortunate that DEC and APA were caught on the wrong side of history on interpreting what timber means in this poetic line of Article 14, Section 1 of the NY state constitution. “The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed.”
Thank you Protect The Adirondacks! "Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Protect the Adirondacks, Finds Cuomo Administration Violated Forever Wild Clause of State Constitution The Cuomo administration’s plan to expand motorized use on the public Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks by building hundreds of miles of wide Class II snowmobile trails was ruled unconstitutional by the state’s highest court. This historic decision will shape Forest Preserve management for decades to come."
Make your voice heard. Support Adirondack organizations as they advocate for the people's park, its people and resources. The governor, your legislator and your state senator are waiting to hear from you. Time to lobby. It's a good thing.
I didn't know Peter Hornbeck personally, but admired what he did and what he stood for. I was wondering what a fitting memorial tribute would look like, and the idea of a caravan of vehicles sporting their Hornbeck boats on top might be just the thing, but then again, that's not exactly environmentally-friendly. Perhaps a variation on the theme, Hornbeck boats on the water, when the Adirondack waters open up? Just throwing that out there for folks with similar sentiments to chew on....
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I appreciate receiving the email with the organization's agenda for 2020. I appreciate all of its tenets!!!
Just read in the Times Union how this group has a lawsuit against the State to halt the clearing of small trees obstructing hiking trails that are a real nuisance. How dumb is this? Marked hiking trail system that can not be maintained right now due to a lawsuit filed by this radical group. My advice,take your own clippers with you and nip every branch that hits your body while hiking on a trail. Four of us just did!!!! 😠
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