American Trails announced the newly launched Foundations of Sustainable Trails, a free series of online courses, developed and hosted in partnership with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and the U.S. Forest Service. [Read more…] about Free Sustainable Trails e-Course Series
Throughout 2023, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been improving trails, campsites, access roads and trailhead parking lots on New York State lands. [Read more…] about Recent Projects on New York State Lands in the Adirondacks
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has awarded an education and outreach contract to promote responsible recreation and sustainable use of the formerly trailless peaks over 3,500 feet in the Catskills to the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
The Trail Conference has been conducting a visitor use survey to help guide management actions on state lands in the region. [Read more…] about ‘Formerly Trailless’ Catskill High Peaks Education and Outreach Contract Awarded
The most popular hiking destination in the Adirondack Park, the High Peaks Wilderness Area, is continuing to see record numbers of High Peaks hikers, with this May seeing nearly three times more hikers on Cascade Mountain, as were seen just last year.
Liam Ebner, the summit steward coordinator for the ADK Mountain Club, told North Country Radio’s Emil Russell, said it was the busiest May since 2018 for many Adirondack High Peak Wilderness Area summits. [Read more…] about Number of Adirondack High Peaks Hikers Continue to Surge
The Adirondack Council has released a report commissioned in early 2021 looking at visitation and recreation patterns in specific areas of the High Peaks Wilderness Complex in the Adirondacks. [Read more…] about Report: Crowds Impacting Adirondack High Peaks
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the award of a Visitor Use Management (VUM) planning contract to help develop recreation plans for two highly visited regions of the New York State Forest Preserve — a high-use portion of the High Peaks in the Adirondack Park and the Kaaterskill Clove area in the Catskill Park. [Read more…] about DEC Privatizes Management Planning for Popular Areas of Adirondack, Catskill Parks
The Catskills Strategic Planning Advisory Group (CAG) submitted its final report on promoting sustainable recreation in the Catskill Forest Preserve to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Comprised of members from local government, recreation, natural resource protection, business and tourism, and other priority areas, the CAG was tasked in October 2020 with providing recommendations to DEC on how to address issues associated with increased public use of the Catskill Park in order to protect these areas. [Read more…] about Catskills Strategic Planning Advisory Group Submits Final Report
Residents of the Adirondack Park’s 130 rural communities voted overwhelmingly to approve the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act on Election Day.
The measure won approval by more than a two-to-one margin statewide. [Read more…] about Adirondack Voters Join Environmental Bond Act Approval Landslide
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for development of a “Visitor Use Management” Plan for the Central High Peaks Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Park and the Kaaterskill Clove/Route 23A corridor of the Catskill Park.
The RFP marks a major step forward in DEC’s efforts to evaluate and address a series of impacts to the natural resources, the visitor experience, and public safety due to high recreational use in these two popular destinations on the New York State Forest Preserve. [Read more…] about Important NYS Forest Preserve Management Reforms, Part 2