The Adirondack Park is unlike anyplace in North America. Here is a snapshot of the park’s unique characteristics:
By The Numbers
Lakes and Ponds
SIZE The Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Canyon national parks combined. Unlike those parks, however, there is a mix of public and private lands within the Adirondack Park’s boundary.
PEOPLE Most parks around the world don't have residents. The Adirondack Park does; its 102 towns and villages are home to 130,000 people. The park has no entry fee or closing time.
JOBS A majority of today’s jobs in the park are service- and government-related.
FOREST DECLINE A century ago much of the forest was heavily logged and burned over. Habitat loss, coupled with overhunting, pushed out species such as moose and caused severe population declines for other wildlife such as marten and beaver.
FOREST RECOVERY The landscape has recovered remarkably, and today it retains some of the most intact pieces of temperate deciduous mixed forests left on Earth. Moose and beaver have come back on their own, and other species are rebounding.
PROTECTED LANDS New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) manages the park’s publicly owned Forest Preserve (2.3 million acres) and holds conservation easements covering 700,000+ acres of private lands. ALT often works in partnership with DEC to protect key lands for public benefit. ALT also protects private lands and currently holds 54 conservation easements protecting private forest, shoreline, agricultural and recreation lands.
STATE LANDS & TAXES New York State has paid taxes on Forest Preserve since 1886.
ZONING Private lands (3.4 million acres) and public lands (2.6 million acres) are subject to special management and zoning. The New York State Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is responsible for the long-range planning of the park as a whole.