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.

  • In remembrance of Richard Persico 1933 – 2021

    The Adirondack Park Agency extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Richard Persico who passed away on August 5th, 2021.  Dick Persico had a distinguished career as an environmental lawyer which included drafting the legislation that enacted into law the Adirondack Park Private Land Use and Development Plan.  As the first Executive Director of the Adirondack Park Agency, Richard Persico’s leadership ensured the Agency survived the tumultuous early years.  Richard Persico’s career included serving as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as General Counsel to the Olympic Regional Development Authority.  The Adirondack Park Agency is forever grateful for the momentous accomplishments of Richard Persico. 

    Obituary Link

  • 2020 APA Annual Report

    APA Executive Director Terry Martino said, “We will always remember 2020 as a year of crisis when individuals, communities, organizations and businesses faced relentless change due to a global pandemic. I am pleased to share with you the accomplishments of the Adirondack Park Agency for the year 2020 which document resiliency, adaptability and achievement.  I express my appreciation to the staff and Board who remain committed to the high standards expected of the Agency by all of us who love the Adirondack Park.”  

    2019 APA Annual Report

    Please click 2020 Annual Report to download report

  • COVID-19 Updates

    Following current State directives and guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Adirondack Park Agency has implemented precautionary protocols for staff and their interactions with the public. To achieve the most efficient response, please call our main number at 518-891-4050 or please email your inquiry to APAsubmissions@apa.ny.gov.
    The Agency is closed to walk-in consultations at this time. Please call the Agency regarding any consultation needs.


    The Agency continues to electronically accept jurisdictional inquiries, applications, and related submissions.  Please submit all jurisdictional inquiries to apajif@apa.ny.gov.  The new electronic jurisdictional inquiry form cannot be completed online.  Instead, to complete the Agency's electronic jurisdictional inquiry form please download the form, fill it out completely, sign electronically per the instructions provided, save the form, attach a copy plus any other required documents to an email, and submit to apajif@apa.ny.gov. If you are unable to submit via email, hard copy submissions are accepted, although delays may occur. Please be advised that many email systems may automatically filter .gov emails to junk mail. Please alter your email settings to accept emails ending in @apa.ny.gov or frequently check your junk file.


    Please send applications and submissions by email to APAsubmissions@apa.ny.gov.  All applications and submissions should be in PDF or similar format and be legible. Electronic copies of plans must be fully scalable. Applications must contain scans of signatures affixed by hand or electronic signatures consistent with the Electronic Signatures and Records Act.  
    The Agency will continue to evaluate wetland delineations and soils analysis/deep hole test pits provided by private consultant professionals. Confirmation of results through staff inspection may be required. The Agency maintains lists of consultants in the Adirondack Park that perform these services. The lists can be found at www.apa.ny.gov/Forms/index.cfm, under the “Help for Applicants” link.


    Please direct all media inquiries to the Agency’s Public Information Officer Keith McKeever via email at keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov or by phone at 518-354-9698.


    Link to Governor Kathy Hochul's COVID-19 Updates

  • 2019 Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan

    APSLMP Cover Page

    The August 2019 version of the APSLMP contains the latest State Land Classification and Reclassification Actions including the final tract of the historic Finch Pruyn & Company land deal – the 20,543 acre Boreas Ponds parcel. The State’s unprecedented, multi-year land transaction with The Nature Conservancy resulted in the acquisition and classification of nearly 65,000 acres of globally significant forests. This represents the largest Forest Preserve expansion in the history of the Adirondack Park.

    In addition, revisions to the definition of the Travel Corridor Classification and related management guidelines are included. The Travel Corridor revisions maximize public recreational opportunities, broaden economic impact and ensure the protection of the Park’s unique natural and historic resources.

    To download the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan please click here