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In May, Adirondack Wild invited land use planner Rick Hoffman to join our board of directors. Rick has decades of experience working with the Adirondack Park Agency and NYS Department of State, where his planning efforts had positive impacts upon the Adirondacks and the Catskill watershed. Late this summer, we sat down with Rick along a peaceful Adirondack lake to get to know him better.

As we talked, Rick held up a copy of Adirondack Wild’s guidebook Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions, authored by our Landscape Conservation Advisor, Dr. Michael Klemens. “This guidebook is one reason I’ve gotten behind Adirondack Wild,” he told us. “This is such an excellent guide. It provides the scientific substance and strategies behind stronger regional planning, such as conservation design of subdivisions.”

Rick was referring to one of our top priorities: conservation subdivision design legislation that requires the Adirondack Park Agency to stop issuing permits for conventional, sprawling subdivisions and instead to preserve large blocks of working forest and significant habitats by concentrating new homes near roads to avoid the spreading of impacts across a project’s landscape. We have helped lead a coalition in support of this legislation, resulting in the bill’s endorsement by many legislators. In 2021, we will continue our coalition-building to pass and to move this most important legislation to Governor Cuomo’s desk.

This is our 10th year of acting on the Wild’s Side.

Please join Rick in supporting Adirondack Wild during this season of giving. Can we continue to count on your support? When you cannot be in the room (or videoconference), Adirondack Wild represents your interests and values in wild lands protection and stewardship. So, please consider responding generously to our 10th Anniversary Campaign for the Wild. A wonderful donor has pledged $30,000 this fall and challenges our members to collectively match her generosity. Please consider increasing your gift from last year so that we can raise $30,000, gain our match, and continue to safeguard our wilderness heritage through advocacy, conservation science, education and legal action.

There are not many cost-effective organizations so strictly dedicated as we are to wild land advocacy. Just in this pandemic year, Adirondack Wild’s advocacy has acted on your behalf to:

  • Persuade the APA to declare the application for 36 new homes crowding the entire shore of a lovely Adirondack lake zoned Rural and Resource (Woodward Lake) incomplete, and to insist on a better design with fewer impacts on wildlife habitats and the lake itself;
  • Convince the APA to reconsider a damaging 100-acre rezoning of truly rural, forested land from Rural Use to Moderate Intensity Use, which would allow up to five times more development near a lakeshore in Luzerne;
  • Persuade the U.S. Army at Ft. Drum to pause and reconsider its plans for new air-land training maneuvers that could seriously compromise parts of the Forest Preserve, including Wilderness areas;
  • Promote the use of a pilot program of limited entry or permit reservations to help restore wilderness conditions along the most heavily used and damaged trail corridors into the High Peaks Wilderness Area;
  • Improve a DEC management plan for one of the Park’s most sensitive areas, the low-elevation boreal zone of conservation easement and forest preserve, by limiting new public motorized access. This is one of the last refuges for Adirondack spruce grouse, a state endangered species.

In addition, you can always find us on the inside cover of each issue of the Adirondack Explorer magazine where our Action Alert enlists the help of thousands of its readers to act with us – and with you – to hold our government officials accountable to laws protective of the Park.

But we cannot continue this steady level of effective advocacy without your continuing support. When you can’t be in the room, Adirondack Wild will speak for you and for all those who believe in a moral obligation to steward the Adirondack Park’s wild lands, public and privately owned, for future generations.

We thank you so very much for being on the wild’s side with us and for helping to make our 10th Anniversary Campaign for the Wild a great success. In advance, thank you!

In ‘forever wild’ friendship,
David Gibson
Managing Partner


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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
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
David H. Gibson, Managing Partner
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