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Dear Friend of the Wild,

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve wants to share some very big news with you. We are launching (with your help) a critically important Campaign for Wild Lands and Waters. Two generous donors will match what others give dollar for dollar. Our total goal is $300,000.

You, more than most, appreciate that the Adirondack Park’s intact ecosystems, and the 3,000,000 acre Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve, the largest wild land system in the eastern United States, are globally important because they contrast so sharply with a warming world that is ever more crowded, endangered and alienated from wild nature. Only an aware, committed citizenry can continue to protect our State’s unique, forever wild legacy and pass it on to future generations – and that is why Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve exists.

When you can’t be in the room, Adirondack Wild speaks for you and for all those who believe in a moral obligation to steward the Adirondack Park for future generations.

Thank you so very much for your past financial support. Without it, Adirondack Wild could not have issued two very influential reports: The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad, A Road Map for Action (2015) and Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions (2017).

Now, we ask for your help as we launch our first fundraising Campaign for Wild Lands and Waters. Our $300,000 campaign is poised to achieve these specific objectives:

  • To defend our State’s wildest and most scenic rivers from State agencies ready to ignore the law by permitting motorized bridges and roads along the Upper Hudson, the Cedar, the Boreas and other magnificent rivers which flow through the heart of our public wilderness;
  • To promote science-based, conservation design strategies so that towns and the APA plan for development without fragmenting habitats into small degraded parcels. In the 21st century it’s unacceptable that conventional grid subdivisions are still the standard in our Adirondack Park. Adirondack Wild is the only organization that retains a consulting conservation biologist, Dr. Michael Klemens, who is helping us to promote ecological site planning of human development;
  • To continue a unique partnership with the nonprofit law firm Earthjustice, which allow us to stand up for our wilderness and wild rivers in court on behalf of the public’s interest in clean water, wildlife habitats, breathtaking river scenery, and canoeing and kayaking adventures;
  • To extend the High Peaks and Dix Mountain Wilderness Areas, the nation’s largest eastern Wilderness, by adding to it the Boreas Ponds, a magnificent tract whose lakes, streams, extensive wetlands, boreal forests, and opportunities for solitude beckon a brighter future for our grandchildren. This area should be “forever free” from easy, convenient mechanized access.
  • To end forest fragmentation and to maintain connected resilient forests and river valleys. Adirondack Wild’s 2015 legislative proposal to make conservation subdivision design at the Adirondack Park Agency mandatory is gaining traction. We’ve gained a sponsor in the NYS Assembly and are addressing specific concerns with the bill to win over new supporters.

Photo: Chris Amato, Adirondack Wild’s attorney with the nonprofit legal firm Earthjustice arguing before the Supreme Court why our state agencies responsible for protecting natural resources and wilderness in the Adirondacks are trying to do an end-run around the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act and the Adirondack Park State Master Plan.

Download our information sheet: WHY ADIRONDACK WILD?

Our Campaign’s success is crucially important. Our wildest, most scenic rivers, indeed all of our “forever wild” lands are put at risk from State agencies too quick to place mechanized recreational access ahead of natural resource protection. At a time when federal and state commitments to our wilderness are being undermined, Adirondack Wild has strengthened its efforts to apply science-based solutions and to defend our wild and ecologically significant landscape that makes New York unique in the nation.

To give our Campaign a generous boost, two generous donors have together pledged $150,000, a $1 for $1 pledge when we raise the remaining $150,000 from friends like you.

Will you help us reach that goal and earn these generous matching gifts?

Your contribution commensurate with your deep commitments to these wild places will be greatly appreciated, and matched dollar for dollar to achieve our mutual goals.

Please consider a gift today to our Campaign for Wild Lands and Waters.

Thank you, again, for your past support and for your generous consideration now to help our
Campaign succeed.

Sincerely and in ‘Forever Wild’ Friendship,

David Gibson
Managing Partner

Christopher Amato
Vice Chair, Board of Directors


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Please call Ken Rimany, Partner, if you have any questions at
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Friends of the Forest Preserve, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

Top left panorama: Ashokan Reservoir ©Ken Rimany; Suzanne Roberson portrait ©Ken Rimany

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
Home Office: 518.576.9277
David H. Gibson, Partner
Mobile: 518.469.4081
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve    Founded 1945   PO Box 9247 • Niskayuna New York 12309 | ©