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.

  • COVID-19 Updates

    In response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, the Adirondack Park Agency has implemented precautionary protocols to ensure uniform safety for everyone. To achieve the most efficient response, please call our main number at 518-891-4050 and leave a detailed message or please email your inquiry to We will do our best to respond promptly given the circumstances.   

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

    The Agency will now only accept applications and related submissions electronically.  Applicants are directed to send applications and submissions by email to  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. 

    Please submit all jurisdictional inquiries to  If unable to submit via email, hard copy submissions will be accepted but due to current circumstances delays may occur.

    Deadlines for recording Agency-issued permits with the County Clerk’s Office are suspended until further notice.

    Also please note that in accordance with Executive Order 202.11, Sections 806, 808, 809, and 814 of the Executive Law, Section 24-0801 of the Environmental Conservation Law, and associated regulations are temporarily suspended or modified to the extent necessary to suspend the statutory and regulatory time periods required for the Adirondack Park Agency to respond to requests for variances, permit modifications and otherwise process permit requests.

    Guidance on Responsible Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

    Link to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's COVID-19 Updates

  • Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan Conformance Public Comment Period

    The APA is accepting public comment until April 20, 2020 regarding conformance of the 2020 Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan Amendment to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is a State-owned railroad corridor extending 119 miles through the Adirondack region.  The 2020 UMP Amendment would establish rail-and-trail and trail-only segments within the Corridor. 

    To view the 2020 Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan Amendment please click here.

    Please address all written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance to:

    Richard Weber
    Deputy Director for Planning
    NYS Adirondack Park Agency
    P.O. Box 99
    Ray Brook, NY 12977
    Email -

    Please submit all conformance comments to the APA by April 20, 2020.

    APA Press Announcement of public comment period click here.

  • March Agency Board Highlights

    March Agency Meeting

    The Adirondack Park Agency Board convened remotely in March using Covid-19 precautionary protocols. Highlights were approval through Delegation Resolution of three projects including major renovations to the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Olympic Center.  The Board also authorized a State Land Master Plan conformance public comment period for the Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan amendment.

    .APA Staff/Board ADI Presentation


  • Adirondack Park Agency Emergency Projects Response Process

    For the review of emergency projects undertaken to respond to an immediate threat to life or property, the Agency requests that the project sponsor (town, county, landowner, NYS agency, etc) provide the location (address, GPS coordinates, road mile marker, etc.), current conditions and details of the scope of work to be undertaken. The material can be submitted in a letter format, and/or a spreadsheet with descriptions and photos to the Agency’s Jurisdictional Office  Agency staff will conduct an expedited review process to provide the Emergency Certification.

    Once there is no longer an immediate threat to life or property, project sponsors can seek Emergency Recovery Authorization from the Agency for any additional planned repairs, remediation, or recovery from the emergency. Please provide a brief statement which identifies the emergency, a description of the proposed project and need for the project, documentation of existing conditions, a location map, and proposed environmental impact mitigation. Please provide as much information and detailed plans as possible, including a scaled plan or sketch map depicting the proposal, to assist Agency staff in an expeditious review. This information can also be submitted to the Agency’s Jurisdictional Office

    For more information please see Emergency Projects Flyer and Frequently Asked Questions

    To review the APA Emergency Projects Regulation please download here

    Please contact APA Jurisdictional Inquiry Office to discuss Emergency Projects at 518-891-4050

  • New Adirondack Park Agency General Permit: 2019G-1

    The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a new General Permit and Order for the Replacement of Certain Utility Poles.

    General Permit 2019G-1 will be issued to regional and municipal utility companies within the Adirondack Park to allow for the replacement of certain utility poles on lands owned by or within rights-of-way held by utility companies or the New York State Department of Transportation.

    This General Permit/Order revokes General Permit 2017G-1 for the "Access to and Replacement of Utility Poles in Wetlands".

    To learn more about this General Permit and to download the form please click here: General Permit 2019-G1.

    About the Adirondack Park Agency

    The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in 1971 by the New York
    State Legislature with the mission to protect the public and private resources
    within the “Blue Line” of the Adirondack Park. The purpose of the APA Act is “to
    insure optimum overall conservation, development and use of the unique scenic,
    aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources
    of the Adirondack Park.”

    The Agency administers two regional land use plans: the Adirondack Park
    State Land Master Plan
    (APSLMP) and the Adirondack Park Private Land Use
    and Development Plan
    . These documents classify State and private lands according
    to their characteristics and capacity to sustain use.

    To learn more about the Adirondack Park Agency please read the Adirondack Park Agency Citizens Guide.

  • 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

  • Telecommunication Coverage Inside the Adirondack Park

    The Adirondack Park Agency, in partnership with Telecommunication Providers, Local Governments and Park Stakeholders, has successfully improved telecommunication coverage throughout the Adirondack Park. 

    Over 400 telecommunication permits issued to date!    

    . TeleCom Tower Map