Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages

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The purpose of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, is to act as

a representative of the Towns and Villages of the Adirondacks in addressing

issues unique to Local Government and residents within the Adirondack Park. 

The organization shall develop a consensus on the resolution of Adirondack issues.

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


Association of Towns Conference
February 25, 2015

The AATV attended the annual meeting and training session of the Association of Towns.  The AATV supported two sessions involving adirondack topics titled "Planning for Success:  A Small Town's Marketing and Branding Initiative and its Pay-Off:  Tourism Attraction and Placemaking" which spoke about the Town of Newcomb's efforts to increase awareness of their community and "Why Human Diversity Matter:  How a Sustainable Future for the Adirondacks is more than a Black and White Issue" which was presented by SUNY-ESF's Northern Forest Institute and NYSDEC.


The AATV vendor booth was busy meeting new friends and welcoming old friends that stopped in.  A raffle for two hand crafted moose was won by Kelly Smith, Town Boardmember from Groton, New York.  A reception was held on Sunday evening at the AATV suite to honor George Canon for his over 23 years of hard work and dedication to the organization.  Gerry Geist from the Association of Towns, Brian Towers from AATV and Randy Douglas from Essex County, NY all spoke and honored Mr. Canon, thanking him for his numerous accomplishments over the years.


This was the last year for the AOT meeting/training session to be held at the Hilton and Sheraton hotels as they will be moving to the Marriot on 45th Street for the 2016 event.  The Sheraton Hotel has been our "home" for the AATV hospitality suite for many years and we would like to thank them for their great service and accomodations.  We will miss their hospitality but look forward to the change.


Our next event is Local Government Days in Lake Placid on April 15 & 16, 2015.  For information about attending or a vendor booth for the event, please contact AATV 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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