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Research on the Adirondack Park

We are fortunate here in the Capital District to be so close to the Adirondack Park. The Park is made up of 6 million acres in northern New York State and is one of the largest publicly protected areas in the U.S. The park is a popular place for camping, fishing, and hiking. There are over 3,000 lakes and ponds and 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Many residents of this area spend considerable time in the park during the summer months. If you've spent time in the Adirondacks, you may be interested to know a little bit about the public policies governing the area.

There are many efforts to protect and conserve Adirondack Park’s natural beauty. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA\) is a New York State governmental agency that acts on policy issues within the park. The goal of APA is to protect Adirondack Park through the ways of the law. The Adirondack Council is a not for profit environment group that also aims to protect the resources within the park. The Adirondack Council advocates for Adirondack Park through lobbying efforts, education, and environmental awareness. The Adirondack Council also deals with the issues of acid rain, mercury levels, and water quality. Another organization committed to protecting the nature and region of Adirondack Park is the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

The Dewey Library has many resources on public policy and governance in the Adirondacks. Please check out these resources:

Adirondack Park Agency. (1979). A Citizen’s Guide to Adirondack Park Agency Land Use Regulations. Ray Brook, N.Y.: Adirondack Park Agency.
Dewey Library / HD 243 N7 C47X

Glynn, C.J. (1987). Communication and Science Policy Decision Making: Perceptions of Adirondack Community Residents. Albany, NY: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York.
Dewey Library / TD 196 A25 G49X 1987

Graham, F. (1984). The Adirondack Park: A Political History. New York: Syracuse University Press.
Dewey Library / F 127 A2 G83 1984

Wissel, P.A. (1986). New York’s Adirondack Park: A Study of Land Price Effects from Developmental Restriction . Albany, NY: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York.
Dewey Library / F 127 A2 W57X 1986

If you have any questions, please contact our Public Administration and Public Policy librarian Richard Irving at rirving@uamail.albany.edu or 442-3698.

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