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Adirondack Council

Community Organizations

The Council, founded in 1975, is the leading nonprofit organization working to preserve and protect the open-space resources of the Adirondacks, a mix of state-owned Forever Wild Preserve and private holdings. We protect wildlife plants, air quality, water purity, undeveloped shorelines and the unique open-space nature of the Adirondacks through education, media, advocacy and legal action when needed. We monitor development on private lands, ensure the mandated constitutional protection of public lands, and "watchdog" and advise the public agencies that work within the Park. We also plan for the future of the Adirondacks through public education, research and policy analysis. Based in Elizabethtown with a second office in Albany, the Adirondack Council has a staff of 14 and a strong and vocal membership.

As an Adirondack Council member, you will receive regular newsletters, an annual State of the Park report, special reports (all of which can be found under "Resources" on our website), and action alerts on issues as they arise. You are invited to the Council's annual membership meeting and awards lunch held in the Adirondacks each summer.

The Council's Elizabethtown office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm for information, maps, and unique educational, local, and eco-friendly gifts that help support our conservation efforts.

Highlights of Recent Accomplishments

The Adirondack Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to make big and bold proposals, and to educate and inform those who make public policy. Just in the last year results included:

  • A state decision to protect and manage as wilderness 34,000 acres including the Essex Chain of Lakes and the Hudson Gorge.
  • Local governments joining with us to combat invasive species.
  • Voter approval that settles 110-year-old title disputes on Raquette Lake and protects the Marion River Carry.
  • Achieved legislative passage of bills to strengthen the local food economy and reduce mercury pollution.
  • Stopped a clear-cutting general permit and got the Adirondack Park Agency to agree to updating regulations related to private forest management.

How Others Can Support and Contribute to this Organization

Help keep the Adirondack Park Forever Wild... Become a Member!

The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous United States. its wild, natural beauty is a sanctuary for wildlife and people in today's world. The Adirondack Council is the leading voice for Adirondack conservation. We are showing the world how people and nature can thrive together.

When you become a member of the Adirondack Council, you join with thousands of other people who care deeply about the Adirondack Park and help advocate every day for actions that benefit the Park's environment and communities.

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Organization Mission

The Adirondack Council mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York's six-million-acre Adirondack Park.