Advocacy Efforts

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ADK advocates for responsible outdoor recreation, outdoor recreation education, stewardship of public lands, and recreation infrastructure, including sustainable trail construction and maintenance. Through these efforts, we are growing an inclusive stewardship community that supports the safe and ethical use and conservation of New York’s wild lands and waters. 

Below are some issues and initiatives we are involved in right now. Click here to tell your legislators to support these important measures now.

Protect and Support New York’s Forest Preserve Parks

The Catskill and Adirondack Forest Preserve Parks collectively represent over 6.5 million acres, which is nearly a quarter of New York State. 

The Forest Preserve Parks:

  • Serve as home and recreation lands to over a million residents in Forest Preserve counties 
  • Host more than 25 million visitors to the Adirondacks and Catskills each year 
  • Bring $3 billion to regional economies annually 
  • Are a great force to combat climate change as its forests provide oxygen and sequester carbon
  • Protect critical habitat
  • Provide fresh drinking water to more than 25 million people in two countries, including the residents of New York City.

ADK advocates for support and funding for the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve Parks and serves on the Strategic Planning Advisory Groups for high recreational use for the Adirondacks and Catskills.

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Mark Bowie

Invasive Species: Prevent the Spread!

Did you know that invasive species are one of the greatest threats to biodiversity? Because people are primarily responsible for the introduction and spread of invasive species, we can have a huge impact if we take small, simple steps to protect native species.

ADK partners with the NYSDEC and the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) to run citizen science “early-detection” projects to search for and report invasive species in lakes and forests. We also encourage outdoor recreators to learn more about invasive species and the actions they can take to keep them out of New York’s public lands and waters.

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Environmental Protection Fund

Established in 1993, the Fund is New York State’s dedicated source of funding for critical environmental programs that protect what we love about New York – our clean drinking water, our magnificent parks, and our family farms.

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ADK Applauds “Open Spaces for All” Report

October 6, 2022 The Open Space Institute (OSI), in partnership with the New York Outdoor […]

WATCH: Forest Preserve Day with Legislators

February 15, 2021 On Thursday, February 10th, Senator Dan Stec and Assemblymember Matt Simpson from […]

Groups Call on Governor Hochul to Invest More into Forest Preserve

December 13, 2021 — Albany, NY — Twenty-six outdoor recreation and conservation organizations and municipalities […]