The APA@50 events also coincide with the release this summer of A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks, a book by journalist Brad Edmondson that’s based on years of research, including dozens of interviews with the people who were critical to the establishment and evolution of the...
A Wild Idea
The Birth of the Adirondack Park Agency
New York’s Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokies National Parks combined. It is one of the largest unbroken deciduous forests on earth, with a thousand miles of streams and rivers, hundreds of lakes, and lofty peaks. Even more amazing, most of the land within the park is privately owned, and 85 million people live within a day’s drive. Yet the Adirondacks remain largely undeveloped.
The founding of the Adirondack Park Agency, 50 years ago, was truly, A Wild Idea.