Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages

The Membership Meeting for AATV will be held on December 4 & 5, 2016 in Lake George at the Holiday Inn Turf Resort.  Watch for details on our website.


Membership Action Alert
November 05, 2016


The Adirondack Park Agency has proposed 33 classification and 13 reclassifications of State Land spanning all 12 counties.  The state-owned lands impacted include recently acquired State land parcels of approximately 50,827 acres and thirteen (13) State land reclassification proposals of approximately 1,642 acres.  In many instances, these proposals contemplate changing classifications from "Wild Forest" to the far more restrictive "Primitive" or "Wilderness" categories, or assigning "Wilderness" classifications to newly acquired state lands.  Total acreage involved in the action covered by this Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) is approximately 54,418 acres.  The DSEIS containing more detailed maps, tables, and narrative is available at the Adirondack Park Agency and on the Adirondack Park Agency's website at


The Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages encourages all elected officials within the Park to review these proposals at the link above to see how the classification process may impact your community.  In general, AATV encourages local governments to deliver the following messages about this process to the Adirondack Park Agency and Governor Cuomo, who will have the final approval on all classifications:

  • The Adirondack Park Agency Act requires the Agency to classify state lands according to "their cahractoeristics and capacity to withstand use."  Each classification level is clearly defined in the Adirondack Park State Land Use Master Plan.  We call upon the Park Agency to adhere to these requirements and definitions whenever classifying or reclassifying properties.
  • We believe that many of the properties under review have the characteristics and capacity to be considered "Wild OFrest" and should be classified as such.  A "Wild Forest" classification allows for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities, and a range of recreational activities that expands the numbers of people who may be attracted to our region.  With broad recreation options comes increased visitors and economic survival for our local communities.
  • New York State's acquisition, and responsible recreational management, of Adirondack properties can attrract more visitors to the region and strengthen the economies of small Adirondack towns - if those properties are reasonably accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
  • Access and environmental protection are not goals in opposition.  The combination has worked well throughout much of the Adirondack Park.  Public access builds appreciation for the Adirondack forest and Adirondack communities and attracts new visitors to the region.  The Unit Management Plan process helps ensure that appropriate environmental safeguards are in place. 
  • By providing reasonable access to newly acquired properties, New York State will give recreationalists new places to visit, and relieve some of the public over-use of the Adirondack High Peaks. 
  • Making Adirondack properties accessible to children of all ages will provide parents with a valuable opportunity to teach their families about respect for the environment, and cultivate future generations of Adirondack recreationalists.
  • The classification process determines only the universe of public uses that may be allowed on the property.  Final decisions on specific allowable uses, and appropriate environmental safeguards, are not determined until the Unit Management Plan process.  We encourage the Park Agency to establish classifications that allow for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities based upon the history and characteristics of each individual property, and to use the UMP process to apply appropriate environmental safeguards. 
The AATV Board of Directors strongly encourages our local community leaders and their constituents to attend the Public Hearing to advocate for your community's interests.  Any person may present an oral or written statement in regard to the proposed classifications.  Staff will be available to answer questions prior to the hearing.  Public comment hearings will be held at the following times and locations:
November 09, 2016     7:00 pm     (webcast available)      Adirondack Park Agency     1133 NYS Route 86      Ray Brook
November 14, 2016     6:00 pm     Northville Central School     131 South Third Street     Northville
November 16, 2016     7:00 pm     Newcomb Central School     5535 NYS Route 28N     Newcomb
November 21, 2016     7:00 pm     Schroon Lake Central School     1125 Route 9     Schroon Lake
November 29, 2016     6:00 pm     St Lawrence County Human Service Center     80 State Highway 310     Canton
December 06, 2016     7:00 pm     Bear Mountain Inn     3020 Seven Lakes Drive     Tomkins Cove
December 07, 2016     2:00 pm     NYSDEC     625 Broadway     Albany
Written comments will be accepted by the contact person below through December 30, 2016
Contact Person:   Kathy Regan
1133 NY State Route 86
PO Box 99   Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone:  518-891-4050   Fax:  518-891-3938
DEC News
May 13, 2015

DEC Website Can Help Promote Adirondack Communities


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation痴 (DEC) website ( has a number of features to promote outdoor recreational activities in your community and more is on the way.


Adirondack Forest Preserve and Easement Land Web Pages

An effort is underway to develop web pages for all forest preserve units in the Adirondacks and all conservation easement tracts with public access.


The web pages will contain general information about the unit, contact information for obtaining more information, updated downloadable maps and specific information on all recreational facilities within the unit including: trails, trailheads, boat launches, designated campsites, lean-tos, boat launches, hand launches, fire towers, ADA compliant accessible features, parking areas, bathrooms, places to fish, hunt & trap, and more.


Links to regional and local tourism organization web sites will also be present on each web page. Also nearby communities and the amenities such as gas, dining, lodging, food & supplies available there will also be listed.


DEC plans to create or update all of more than 70 web pages by early summer. Some have already been completed, take a look and see what you think:

       Giant Mountain Wilderness (

       Hoffman Notch Wilderness (

       Jay Mountain Wilderness (

       Split Rock Wild Forest (

       St Regis Canoe Area (

       Wilmington Wild Forest (

       William C. Whitney & Round Lake Wildernesses (

       Fulton Chain Wild Forest (

       Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness (

       Paul Smiths College Conservation Easement (


More web pages will appear on the web site each week. DEC encourages communities to link to the web pages of the nearby forest preserve unit or conservation easement tract. They also request that you check to be sure a link to your local tourism organization is included and the list of communities and the amenities are correct. Comments may be sent to



Adirondack Trail Information Web Pages

DEC maintains six Adirondack Trail Information ( web pages that provide information on trails and other backcountry features. DEC updates the web pages weekly with information provided by DEC Foresters and Forest Rangers.


The web pages provide general information and seasonal conditions; specific notices on closures and other situations involving trails, roads, foot bridges, parking lots, etc.; and links to rules & regulations, hiker and camper safety, low impact recreation, forest ranger contact information, weather and more.


DEC encourages communities to link to the web page with the information for their area or use the information on the web pages to information visitors and residents of your community of backcountry conditions.


Currently the Adirondack Trail Information web pages only cover DEC Region 5 but DEC plans to expand to include all of the Adirondacks in the near future.



Where to Fish in the Adirondacks

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreation activities in the Adirondacks. DEC website has lots of information about fishing (


Some of the pages that will help promote your community can be found on the Adirondack/Lake Champlain Fishing web page ( and the North Central NY Fishing web page (


Use the links on these web pages to get information on where the fish are, including lists by county of the all the waters containing brook trout and the best waters for catching other game fish species.


Again DEC encourages communities to use the web pages to inform resident and visiting anglers of where they can go fishing nearby.


Explore the DEC web site using their search engine to obtain more information. If you don稚 find what you are looking for contact DEC Region 5 at or DEC Region 6 at


New Adirondack Traveling APP Launches
March 10, 2014

New Adirondack Travel Planning App Launches for Travelers
Discover the Adirondacks
Allows Visitors to Filter by Preference for Personalized Trip Planning

ALBANY, NY (March 4, 2014) - The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV), Center for Economic Growth (CEG), Central Adirondack Partnership for the 21st Century (CAP-21), and Adirondack Regional Tourism Council (ARTC) announce the launch of a new travel planning app for visitors to the Adirondack Region of Northern New York.

Discover the Adirondack Park is now available for free on iTunes and on Android, providing tailored travel information for first-time and repeat visitors. While adventuring through the Adirondacks, travelers can use the app even if data and Wi-Fi are unavailable to find recreation, lodging, dining, and other information near their current location.

The app allows users who are planning their trip, and those who are already in the Adirondacks, to find relevant travel information based on their needs and geographic location via two filters: "I am Here" and "I am Planning." Both filters provide specific travel information personalized to the user's needs via categories such as:

         Winter Recreation

         Rock and ice climbing routes

         Hiking trails and resources

         Shopping locations

         Events and attractions

More About the Discover the Adirondacks App

Discover the Adirondacks is compatible with iOS and Android, and serves as an innovative and convenient resource for travelers accessing data from their tablets and smartphones. The Adirondack Park's diverse recreational opportunities draw many to the region, and the app will help travelers to access these, as well as local places to visit, eat and sleep.

Complementing January's launch of the Adirondack Trip Planning web portal on, the app directly supports key aspects of the strategic plans developed by the Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, and North Country Regional Economic Development Councils, contributing to investment, sustainability and revitalization in those regions.

Funding for the project was provided by a Regional Economic Development Council "Market NY" grant from Empire State Development, the State's chief economic development agency, as well as from the Center for Economic Growth.

Download the Discover the Adirondacks app from iTunes and access the Adirondack Trip Planning Web Portal at or, "Discover Recreation."

Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park APP available on IOS and Androis for free.
New York State with outline of Adirondack Park

The Adirondack Park consists of over six million acres which is located in the northeastern corner of New York State.  The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the 48 contiguous states and Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park would all fit into it with room to spare. There are 102 Towns and Villages located within the Adirondack Park.


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