Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Issue of Adirondack Explorer:
What Makes The Park A Park?

They say we live in a park, but it’s a strange kind of park, one that’s home to more than 130,000 year-round residents.

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.

To learn more about subscribing to the Explorer, visit our website.

Photo by Seth Lang: sign clutter and sprawl in Ticonderoga.

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Phil Brown

Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack.

Phil is also an energetic outdoorsman whose job and personal interests often find him hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing.

He is the author of Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, which he co-published with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the editor of Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, an anthology of Marshall’s writings.

Visit Lost Pond Press for more information.

2 Responses

  1. Used2BSven says:

    Didn’t there used to be a sign law?

  2. Phil Brown says:

    There is a ban on billboards.

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