Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Campaign
To protect an additional 30,000 acres of Forest Preserve, including the headwaters of the Hudson River, as “forever wild” Wilderness in the Adirondack Park.
Click HERE for the Update on the Boreas Ponds Wilderness Campaign
Background: In early 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo completed the state’s largest Adirondack land purchase in over 100 years, by purchasing the last of the 65,000 acres of former Finch-Pruyn paper-company lands from the Nature Conservancy. The 20,500+ acre Boreas Ponds tract contains some of the Adirondack Park’s purest waters and its wildest, rarest and most fragile wildlife habitat. But, purchasing the property is not enough to protect its sensitive water and wildlife habitat. We must protect the Boreas Ponds and their watershed from motorized vehicles to preserve our Adirondack legacy.
Next Steps: The Governor’s Adirondack Park Agency (APA) recently wrapped up its public comment period on its draft plans on how the state should classify and manage the Boreas Ponds and adjacent lands. Hundreds of Wilderness advocates turned out for the statewide public hearings, including supporters from the BeWildNY coalition groups, regional, state and national conservation organizations, and committed citizens. In record numbers, people voiced support for protecting the Boreas Ponds within an expanded Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area.
Now, the APA has tentatively identified its March meeting for their presentation of a preferred alternative. As part of their presentation, they must address the comments and concerns received from the public through hearing testimony and public comments. It is likely there will be opportunities to take additional action before the Governor’s APA picks an alternative or develops a new alternative based on the comments.
Click HERE to to review the state’s proposals and BeWildNY’s proposal.