Take Action: Speak Up for our Wild Forests!

Dear AWA Supporter:

The Adirondack Park Agency is currently reviewing its policy on roads in Wild Forest areas and holding a public comment period on their proposed alternatives. Roads are a critical topic for AWA: no issue in the Adirondack Park more affects our core mission to preserve and increase remoteness and solitude.

In an ever more developed world, this is an issue of global importance, as few places on Earth are more than three miles from a road. Even in our magnificent Forest Preserve, only a small amount of public land is more than three miles from a road or snowmobile trail.

Unfortunately, the APA seems anxious to gift itself a “road budget” by seeking public approval for reinterpretation of the “no material increase” guidance that has attempted to cap the amount of motorized roads and trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve since 1972. By posing it as a question that requires public response, the Agency seems to be manipulating the outcome toward a “compromise” that, regardless of the specifics, will permit more motorized uses in the Forest Preserve than currently allowed.

Below is a copy of the letter AWA will be submitting to the state on Monday, April 17th, 2023. We’ve signed it—and now we’re leaving a space in the signature area for you! Please read what we have written, and if you agree with our statement we would love if you gave us permission to add your name.

The process is easy: just scroll to the bottom of this page, add your name and contact information, and click submitWe will not use this information for any other purpose! We simply want to send the strongest possible message.

Comments are due to the APA by April 17th.

Our Letter:

THANK YOU to everyone who added their name to our letter! We have forwarded our comments (with over 50 names attached!) to the APA, therefore we are no longer accepting new names. Please stay tuned for future opportunities to take action!