PROTECT! The Adirondacks is seeking support for the creation of a new 40,000-acre Hudson Headwaters Wilderness Area. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is taking up the issue of formal classification of the first phase of the 69,000 acres of new Forest Preserve lands in the process of being purchased by New York State from The Nature Conservancy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the historic purchase in 2012; lands will be purchased over the next five years. These are lands formerly owned by Finch Paper in Glens Falls. Last December, the state bought the first parcel of 22,000 acres surrounding the Essex Chain Lakes and lands including seven miles of the Hudson River and five miles of the Cedar River.
PROTECT believes that this creates an opportunity to create a New Hudson Headwaters Wilderness Area. The organization needs support to get the APA to consider a Wilderness alternative during its classification review.
PROTECT has more information on its Website:
ECOS: The Environmental Clearing House: http://www.ecosny.org
PROTECT! The Adirondacks: http://www.protectadks.org
The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org
Capital Coexist: A localized education campaign geared towards cyclists and motorists safely coexisting when using the regionís roadways. This project was developed by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) in response to the recently completed Albany Bicycle Master Plan and public requests for bicycle education and safety information. http://www.capitalcoexist.org
Wildlife Conservation Society: http://www.wcs.org/saving-wild-places/north-america/adirondack-landscape-usa.aspx
Adirondack Council: http://www.adirondackcouncil.org
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development: A http://www.catskillcenter.org
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