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Welcome to the Adirondack Park Agency

The APA is a New York State government agency, consisting of approximately 54 staff and an eleven-member board. In 1971 the APA was created by the State Legislature to develop long-range land use plans for both public and private lands within the Park.


APA Announces Public Listening Session Dates for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Amendment Process

The APA will hold a series of public listening sessions to solicit comments regarding possible amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) including proposals identified as part of the Essex Chain Lakes classification. Four listening sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

November 18 Listening Session for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Amendments has been Rescheduled Due to Weather.

October 29, 2014 - 5PM-8PM
APA Headquarters
New York State Office Complex
1133 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY

November 3, 2014 - 4PM-7PM
Newcomb Central School
5535 State Route 28N
Newcomb, NY 12852

November 17, 2014 - 11AM-2PM
NYS DEC Headquarters
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233

November 24 - 4PM-6PM
Town of Webb Union Free School District
School Gymnasium
3002 State Route 28
Old Forge, NY 13420

Written comments will be accepted until December 5, 2014.
Please submit written comments to:

Deputy Director, Planning Kathy Regan
PO Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Or via email

Please see APA slide presentation and press release for additional information.

Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan -- Word Accessible version -- PDF version

Public comment is requested on a proposed, limited  delegation of variance approval authority to the Agency’s Deputy Director - Regulatory Programs

The Agency’s authority to delegate is found in Section 803  of the Adirondack Park Act; Courts have affirmed delegations of an administrative agency’s powers and duties in decisions relating to the APA and other State agencies.

Details may be found in the following documents:
Public Comment Memorandum
Draft Amended Delegation Resolution
Proposed Consensus Rule

Public comment may be submitted electronically to, or in writing to Paul Van Cott, Associate Attorney Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, New York 12977  Comments should be submitted by October 31, 2014.

Resolution Adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency Commends the Town of Inlet for Water Quality Legislation

Resolution adopted October 9, 2014 by the Adirondack Park Agency commends the Town of Inlet for its enactment of legislation to protect water quality through the mandatory inspection of onsite wastewater treatment systems.

Read the resolution...

APA Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act

50th Anniversary Wilderness Act

The APA marked the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Wilderness Act with commemorative presentations by Adirondack Historian and Author Phil Terrie and APA State Land staff member Kevin Prickett. 

From left: Executive Director Terry Martino, State Land Committee Chair Richard Booth, Chairwoman Lani Ulrich, Adirondack Historian and Author Phil Terrie, Deputy Director for Planning Kathy Regan, State Land Staff member Kevin Prickett.   To view a map of Federal and State Wilderness Areas please click the following link:


September Agency Meeting - Community Spotlight - Town of Inlet

Town of Inlet

The Adirondack Park Agency Board recognized the Town of Inlet for its innovative approach to protecting water quality through its progressive Pre-existing Wastewater Treatment System Inspection Law. To review the local law please click the following link:

From left:  APA Executive Director Martino, Chairwoman Ulrich, Inlet Code Enforcement Officer Aimee VanWie, Town Supervisor John Frey and Local Government Services Chair Dan Wilt.


State of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department
Rules in favor of APA in the Matter of the Adirondack Club and Resort Project.

Chairwoman Leilani Ulrich stated, “The Adirondack Park Agency is pleased with the Appellate Division’s ruling regarding the Adirondack Club and Resort project.  Today’s ruling validates the Agency’s thorough and extensive review process which ensures responsible development with strong environmental protections.  I applaud APA staff and the Agency Board for their professionalism and attention to detail. We believe this project will be a transformational economic development opportunity for Tupper Lake and the entire Adirondack Park. We now look forward to working with the community to bring this project to fruition."

Click here for Appellate Division Decision.
APA Press Release


Link to press release:

New Park Map

View the New Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan Map and State Land Map. Open an interactive map of Park Land Classification. Or find more mapping resources here.

Adirondack Park Agency Approves State Land Classification Action

Adirondack Park Agency Board voted unanimously to recommend that Governor Cuomo approve the Agency’s Preferred Alternative to classify recently acquired New York State Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack Park 


The Agency’s recommendation provides for a mixed use of Wilderness, Primitive, Wild Forest and State Administrative land classifications. It will establish five new Forest Preserve Units, and include a multi-use Wild Forest corridor between the Primitive and Wilderness Units. The new areas will include:

  • The Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area (23,494 acres);
  • The Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area (6,955 acres);
  • The OK Slip Pond Primitive Area (30 acres);
  • The Pine Lake Primitive Area (2,912 acres);
  • The Polaris Mountain Primitive Area (953 acres); and
  • The addition of over 8,000 acres into the existing Blue Mountain and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Areas.

Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (pdf 1.7mb)

FSEIS Maps (pdf 8mb)

Appendix to the FSEIS (pdf 14.8mb)

Resolution with Attachments (pdf 1.6mb)

Press Release

Help Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Terrestrial and aquatic invasive species harm the Park’s natural environment and cause social and economic hardship to landowners and governments.  The aquatic invasive Eurasian watermilfoil can render your favorite fishing or swimming hole un-useable while Japanese knotweed roots can push through concrete foundations and asphalt driveways. Please visit these resource links below to find out more about invasive species and what you can do to help.

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP):
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Invasive Species Clearinghouse:
Slideshows presented at the APA/DEC hosted Hydrilla Workshop which was held in Warrensburg, NY on April 11, 2014 are available here.

Adirondack Club and Resort Final Order and Authorized Permits

Transmittal of Order
APA Project Findings & Order 2005-100
Agency Permit 2005-100.1 - Ski Area & Resort
Agency Permit 2005-100.2 - Marina
Agency Permit 2005-100.3 - Large Eastern Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.4 - Small Eastern Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.5 - Lake Simond View
Agency Permit 2005-100.6 - Sugarloaf North
Agency Permit 2005-100.7 - Cranberry Village
Agency Permit 2005-100.8 - East Village
Agency Permit 2005-100.9 - Tupper Lake North
Agency Permit 2005-100.10 - Tupper Lake South
Agency Permit 2005-100.11 - Sugarloaf East
Agency Permit 2005-100.12 - Small Western Great Camp Lots
Agency Permit 2005-100.13 - Westface Expansion
Agency Permit 2005-100.14 - West Slopeside

Press Release

In a Hurry? Fast FACTS to keep you informed…

On many pages of our web site, in this location you'll find what we consider to be commonly needed information. Fast FACTS - easy access to common questions and useful information.

Citizen's Guide to Adirondack Park Agency Land Use Regulations -- This document explains APA jurisdiction for land owners and project sponsors. (pdf 370kb)

See About the Park for information on Adirondack history, nature, geography and more.

Jurisdictional Inquiry Form -- (updated 3/28/2013 pdf 51kb)

Who is on the Adirondack Park Agency Board? Find out here...

Agency Meeting

November 13-14 Agency Meeting
mailing package...
Schedule of 2014 & 2015 Agency Meetings

Towers Information

Adirondack Cell Coverage Continues to Improve (updated 12/31/2013)
- Park Towers Map
- Northway Towers Map
- Park Inventory
- Important information about the inventory
- September 2010 press release


Grant Opportunities

Local Government Efficiency Grant Program from the NYS Dept. of State's Local Government Services

Green Innovation Grant Program

NYS Smart Growth

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority

National Scenic Byways Discretionary Grants

NYS Office of Community Renewal - New York State Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009







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