The Adirondack Park
Park is the largest publicly protected area throughout the
entire United States. More than 2.5 million acres of land
in the Adirondack Park has been protected
by New York State since 1892, creating
a "forever wild" region of natural splendor
and rich wildlife habitat in the Adirondack Mountains. An additional
3.4 million acres of the park is privately owned land, playing host
to residential neighborhoods, agriculture, campgounds, recreational
activity and forestry.
Many are stunned to learn that the 6-million-acre Adirondack
Park is larger in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier
and Grand Canyon National Parks – combined! Many believe the
Adirondacks are "worn down" or old peaks, but they are actually
still growing! These young mountains created as result of natural mountain
building called "orogeny" and etching by glaciers continue
to grow at a rate of 1.5 millimeters annually.
Within park lines you'll find 42 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks and
over 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Mount Marcy, the highest Adirondack
Peak, reaches 5,344 ft! The park also boasts more than 3,000 lakes
and 30,000 miles of waterways such as streams and rivers. Plush forests
and thriving wetlands offer a wealth of wildlife and flora to this beautiful
Amid the streams, forests and mountains the Adirondacks are home to all sorts of wildlife. From the many species of birds and fish to larger mammals like moose and deer the Adirondacks have a wide diversity of animals.
Goals of assuring wildlife remains in the Adirondack Park has stimulated many state policies and programs, put into place to maintain Adirondack wildlife habitats. The Adirondack Park Agency contributes to the protection of fish and wildlife habitats through air,
land and water quality regulatory programs. The APA also administered the Freshwater Wetlands Act which limited draining of water grounds that are feeding and nesting areas of many species and protects habitats of endangered species through the Private Land Use and Development Plan.