Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Adirondack Park

Woodcraft couldn't ask for a better home. We are fortunate to be in the midst of such beautiful wilderness. The Adirondack Park has a rich and interesting history.  The Adirondacks were a favorite destination of people seeking to escape the urban areas of the Northeast. Verplanck Colvin, for whom a High Peak is named, first conceived of a park in the 1870's. The land was preserved by legislation in 1892. A blue line was drawn on a map around the Adirondack Range. Today, land in the Adirondack Park is still referred to as "in The Blue Line." 

Inside The Blue Line is 6.1 million acres of state protected land. The Adirondack Park is the largest park of any kind in the United States. It is larger than the Yellowstone, Great Smokey, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Parks combined. The Park is complex -- though all the land is protected by the government, less than half is actually owned by the state of New York. Approximately 140,000 people make their home and work inside The Blue Line. The Adirondack Park Agency estimates that 7-10 million people visit The Park each year. For more information on the intriguing history of the Adirondack Park, visit this PBS page. 

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