Keep the Adirondacks Forever Wild
New York State has an extraordinary opportunity to create an expanded Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness whose scale and positive clean water, wildlife and community economic impacts will rival the most famous conservation landmarks in the world.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently completed the largest state Adirondack land purchase – 65,000 acres – in over 100 years. By protecting from motorized vehicles a small segment of this acreage that contains some of the Adirondack Park’s purest waters and its wildest, rarest and most fragile wildlife habitat, the Governor can protect a unique national treasure and honor a legacy of Adirondack conservation that started in 1892.
At over 280,000 acres, the new Wilderness would contain the state’s tallest mountains and protect the headwaters of the mighty Hudson River. It would be equal in size to Rocky Mountain National Park or Mount Rainier National Park, and double the size of Zion National Park. Lands and waters closed to the public for more than 150 years would be open and accessible.
The Adirondack Council and the Adirondack Mountain Club are leadership partners for the BeWildNY campaign.
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