Adirondack Park Agency

  • The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is a New York State government agency, consisting of 54 staff and an eleven-member board. In 1971 the APA was created by the State Legislature to develop long-range public and private land use plans for the largest park in the continental United States.

  • APA and DEC Announce Joint Public Comment Period for Proposed Management Guidance for Primitive Tent Sites

    Proposed Guidance Provides Best Management Practices for Design and Layout of Primitive Tent Sites on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park.

    Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites is available to view or download from the DEC website here.

    Public Comments Accepted Until January 22, 2018.

    Please See Press Release for more details and contact info.

  • Climate Change Policy Resolution

    Agency Board Resolution In Support Of New York State’s Leadership In Climate Change Policy

    “The impacts of climate change transcends regional boundaries and political affiliations”, said APA Chairman Sherman Craig.  “In the Adirondacks we have witnessed the devastating impacts of catastrophic weather events which damaged our communities costing millions in reconstruction and lost revenue.  Our winter economy is threatened by unpredictable weather and shorter seasons.  And it is a proven fact that the increase use of coal-fired power plants in the Mid-west will bring acid rain which kills aquatic and terrestrial life in our higher elevation forests and waterbodies.  Governor Cuomo’s brave leadership opposing the United States withdrawal from the Pairs Climate Agreement is a turnkey moment for New York State and the Adirondack Park.”

    Press Release

  • Public Comment Period for Proposed Singletrack Bike Trails on the Adirondack Forest Preserve

    The APA and DEC are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed management guidance for the siting, construction and maintenance of single track bike trails on Adirondack Park Forest Preserve lands. Comments are welcome and accepted until September 29, 2017. Please address all written comments to Kathy Regan, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12997 or emailed to

    Management Guidance: Siting, Construction and Maintenance of Singletrack Bike Trails on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park

  • 125th Anniversary of the Adirondack Park Blue Line
    Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness

    The Adirondack Park Agency celebrates the 125th anniversary of New York State's Adirondack Park. On May 20, 1892, the New York State Legislature and Governor Roswell P. Flower created the Adirondack Park Enabling Act which established the Park’s Blue Line boundary. The Act also inaugurated the Forest Commission - precursor of the Department of Environmental Conservation.

    Photo credit: Brendan Wiltse


  • State Land Classification  

    2016 - 2017 Amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan involving the Classification and Reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands in the Adirondack Park which include the Boreas Ponds Tract, 32 Additional Classification Proposals, 12 Reclassification Proposals, and 56 Classifications involving map corrections.

    Download Classification Documents, Maps, Public Comments, and Presentations

  • Adirondack Park Agency 2016 Annual Report   
    2016 Annual Report

    Read the APA 2016 Annual Report

    See APA Division reports under Special News Items in the Press Room