So what makes it a park? Well, there’s all that public land, with thousands of miles of hiking trails. And then there’s the Adirondack Park Agency, which regulates development on private land, presumably to maintain the region’s park-like character.
The truth is, though, that people can drive through the Adirondacks without realizing that they’re in a park. Sure, they’ll see some pretty scenery, but they’ll also see the same kind of sign clutter, sprawl, and development they see outside the Park—not as much, perhaps, but it exists.
Are there things we could do to make the Park look more like a park? Or manage it more like a park?
These are questions that Kim Martineau tries to answer in the January-February issue of the Adirondack Explorer, in the fourth article in the newsmagazine’s “Assessing the APA” series.
The issue is at the printer’s as I type. We’ll post Kim’s story on the Adirondack Almanack sometime soon.
The Explorer will be providing other stories to the Almanack as well in the coming weeks, including:
- Brian Mann’s report on the debate over the future of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, a tourist train that runs between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Many local leaders think a recreational trail would be better for the economy.
- Mary Thill’s look at the career and legal troubles of Pat Cunningham, who launched the Hudson River rafting industry back in the seventies.
- My account of skiing at the Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths. The new management has doubled the mileage of ski trails at the VIC.
These are just a few of the articles in the latest Explorer. Other subjects include snowshoe trips, navigation rights, bobcats, redpolls, the Bicknell’s thrush, trail food, the hantavirus, an update on Tropical Storm Irene, waxing backcountry skis, a 28,000-acre estate for sale, and conflicting ideas for managing the former Finch, Pruyn lands. And a lot more.
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Photo by Seth Lang: sign clutter and sprawl in Ticonderoga.