Monday, September 24, 2012

Land Use in the Adirondacks

Woodcrafters make the most of the wonderful opportunities to experience the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park. The map below represents all the places Woodcrafters hiked or canoed during the summer of 2012. While appreciating The Park, it is important to take time to understand how so much land this close to the major cities of the Northeast stays wild.

2012 Woodcraft trip map. Click here for the interactive version on the map detailing the trips.
The Park is stunningly beautiful and also uniquely complex in the way New York state administers the use of land by visitors and residents of The Park. Unlike the National Parks and smaller state parks, the Adirondacks have a continued history of agriculture, industry, and permanent residence. The state grades the land in The Park as Wilderness, Primitive, Canoe, Wild Forest, Intensive Use, Private, and State Administrative. The Adirondack Park Agency outlines the definition of these terms in detail. 

The portion of the State Land Master Plan map containing Old Forge and Woodcraft. Visit the APA site for the full map. Keep in mind the map is from 1972 and some land ownership and usage has changed.
The Adirondacks are also among the first regions in the country where conservationists, citizens, industrialists, and government figures began to seriously consider the environmental impact of land usage. A brief outline of the formation of The Park is also available on the APA site. 

Logging in The Park was -- and continues to be -- a major factor in the industrial and recreational history of the Adirondacks. Historically, logging shaped the placement of dams, building of towns, movement of populations, and influenced notions of balance between wilderness conservation and the preservation of a viable local economy. 

Some extensive scholarly research exists on logging and land usage. Grab a book learn about The Park we all love.

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