Adirondack Park Agency

Overview of APA Responsibilities and Mission

The APA is responsible for maintaining the protection of the forest preserve, and overseeing development proposals of the privately owned lands. The Agency prepared the State Land Master Plan, which was signed into law in 1972, followed by the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan in 1973. Both plans are periodically revised to reflect the changes and current trends and conditions of the Park. The mission of the APA is to protect the public and private resources of the Park through the exercise of the powers and duties provided by law. This mission is rooted in three statutes administered by the Agency in the Park, they are:

  1. The Adirondack Park Agency Act
  2. The New York State Freshwater Wetlands Act and
  3. The New York State Wild, Scenic, and Recreational Rivers System Act.


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