Sunday, October 31, 2010

Adirondack Stats: 100 Years of Forest Disturbances

Acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve acquired by New York State before 1900, largely through tax sales: 1.2 million

Percentage of the Adirondack Park affected by either fires, moderate to severe storm damage, or both in the past 100 years: 39.5%

Percentage of the Adirondack Park damaged during the Great Storm of November 1950, known as the Big Blow: 13.6% (800,000 acres)

Acres of the Adirondack Park burned over by major fires between 1888 and 1913: one million

Percentage of the Adirondack Park unaffected by logging, storms, or fires in the past 100 years: 9.6%

Acres of the Adirondack Park described as “so little disturbed that today they appear as the great forest of long ago… when first observed by the earliest white visitors to the Adirondack region” by historian Barbara McMartin: 500,000

Acres of the Adirondack Park currently classified as Wilderness, the most stringent classification: about 1.1 million

Sources: Adirondack Atlas (2004), The Great Forest of the Adirondacks (1994), Adirondack Park Agency (2007).

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