Saturday, August 18, 2018

Test Your Adirondack Acronym Knowledge


How well do you think you know the Adirondacks? Here’s a quick quiz to see if you can identify 20 important Adirondack acronyms and initialisms.

Level 1: The Basics


Level 2: Moderate


Level 3: Intermediate

Level 4: Expert


Level 1 Answers

DEC – Department of Environmental Conservation
APA – Adirondack Park Agency
ORDA – Olympic Regional Development Authority
UMP – Unit Management Plan
ADK – Adirondack Mountain Club

Level 2 Answers

LGA – Lake George Association
AARCH – Adirondack Architectural Heritage
VIC – Visitor Interpretive Center
BETA – Barkeater Trails Alliance
AIC – Adirondack Interpretive Center

Level 3 Answers

ROOST – Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism
LGLC – Lake George Land Conservancy
CATS – Champlain Area Trails
ANCA – Adirondack North Country Association
WCS – Wildlife Conservation Society

Level 4: Answers

APIPP – Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program
DANC – Development Authority of the North Country
APSLMP – Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan
TSC – Temporary Study Commission
AEC – Adirondack Ecological Center

Your Score

5 or lesstourist

6 to 10 –  seasonal resident

11 to 15local

15-18 – seasoned

19-20 – Adirondack nerd

If you found an error in this listbackcountry bureaucrat.

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19 Responses

  1. George Matthews says:

    APPIP – Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

    should read

    APIPP – Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

  2. These acronyms are the worst. Who can understand what is being said unless you are an insider working with them every day. I understand the simplicity of their use
    but there are the bane of this new generation. Texting serves no realistic purpose, so why send an alphabet of acronyms to distract the receiver and make a quiz to find it’s meaning. Can’t we just speak our minds rather than send something that requires an interpretation? This boarders on stone age communication.
    tyfuryr aten lol Alex

    • Paul says:

      “Texting serves no realistic purpose”

      You would probably have said the same regarding the telephone when that was invented. We don’t need a phone when we have the telegraph! We don’t need email when we have the US main!

      Actually there are lots of places in the Adirondacks where you can communicate via text where you can’t yet make a call.

  3. Justin Farrell says:

    Don’t forget NCPR, TNC, HRSMA, & ECO.
    And what about HaBaSa, or NoBo & SoBo? ?

  4. Bill says:

    Most of these are not even acronyms because they are not pronounced as a word but rather as their individual letters (ORDA is an acronym; LGLC is not).

    • Justin Farrell says:

      Level 5 winner!

    • John Warren says:

      More or less, you are right and I’ve added “initialisms” above. However, there is some disagreement (outside adherents to the OED) on whether an initialism can be included as an acronym – for example, Merriam-Webster, so it’s entirely appropriate. It’s not set in stone, unless you believe the OED is THE dictionary.

  5. Bill Ott says:

    I did not see AA for Adirondack Almanack (AckAck would be better), but then most people would think AA stands for Alcoholics Anonymous anyway.

  6. Mick Finn says:

    Imagine if ICE was renamed to CIE. Boy would that ever confound the snowflake liberals!

    • Meredith says:

      Yup, I’m utterly confounded, especially as to why on earth you would introduce an ad hominin here.

  7. Paul says:

    ADK – Adirondack Mountain Club


    ORDA yes, it is supposed to be a “word”.

    Like NATO.

    APSLMP – no.

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