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.

  • Remote Public Hearings

    No Hearings Scheduled at this time.

  • Essex Chain Lakes UMP Public Comment Period

    The APA and the DEC are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for an amendment to the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Unit Management Plan. 

    Public comment will be accepted until August 14, 2020.

    Please address all written comments related to the proposed management action to:

    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    Corrie Magee
    Region 5 Warrensburg Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests
    232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885
    Phone: (518) 623-1200, E-mail:
    Please address all written comments related to the proposed amendment’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to:

    Richard Weber, Deputy Director for Planning
    NYS Adirondack Park Agency
    P.O. Box 99
    Ray Brook, NY 12977
    Fax: 518-891-3938

    To download the Draft Unit Management Plan please click here.

  • Major Project Public Comment Periods

    Project: 2020-0008 SolarPark Energy, LLC

    Description: Proposal to install a 5 MWAC photo voltaic energy system (Solar Generating Facility).

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 27, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Ticonderoga, Essex County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2016-0029 Saranac Lake Marina

    Description: Variance and permit requested for rehabilitation and expansion of the pre-existing commercial Crescent Bay Marina.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 27, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Harrietstown, Franklin County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0147 Peter and Cynthia Erickson

    Description: The action involves the construction of a boathouse on Mt Arab Lake.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 27, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0102 Robert Timmons and Michelle Timmons

    Description: Proposal to convert a pre-existing church to a general store with associated gas pumps.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 20, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Black Brook, Clinton County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0119 Doug and Laurel Holly

    Description: The project is the maintenance dredge of a private pond.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 20, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Caroga, Fulton County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0138 NYSEG

    Description: The action involves a rebuild of the existing 15.4-mile 46kV Line 880 electric transmission circuit from the Rainbow Falls substation located near AuSable Chasm south to the existing Cabot Substation.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Willsboro, Essex County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0083 Lake Gay Property Owners Association

    Description: The stocking of Triploid Grass Carp for purposes of controlling native aquatic vegetation.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Russia, Herkimer County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2019-0029 Diane Holiat

    Description: Three-lot subdivision involving wetlands.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, August 13, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Speculator, Hamilton County

    For more information please click here.

  • Census 2020

    All New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in the Census. Accurate census data has a profound impact on communities across the State and especially here in the Adirondack Park. A high response rate from New Yorkers will ensure we receive the federal funding we need to respond to natural disasters, support rural hospitals and improve critical public infrastructure.

    APA Retirement Parade













    Make sure you #GetCountedNY because your voice can shape our state’s future for the next 10 years.

  • COVID-19 Updates

    Please see link to COVID – 19 Programs and Financial Support.

    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

    The Agency is now scheduling site visits. All site visits will be conducted in strict accordance with the Agency’s Protocol for Public and Private Land Site Visits.

    The Agency will not conduct walk-in consultations for the foreseeable future. There will be very limited public access to the Agency building. 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  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 If you are unable to submit via email, hard copy submissions are accepted, although delays may occur.

    Please 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.  

    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, under the “Help for Applicants” link.

    Also, please note that in accordance with Executive Order 202.11 and subsequent extensions, 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.

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

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

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

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

  • The Adirondack Park Agency Salutes the Outstanding Public Service of Recently Retired Staff Members Douglas Miller, Mary Palmer, Norma Howard and Board Member William Thomas.

    Due to the uniquie circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic the Agency conducted a retirement parade for recently retired staff members.

    Douglas Miller retired on June 24, 2020 after a thirty-one-year career with the State of New York. He was an Environmental Program Specialist 2 who effectively managed the Jurisdictional Inquiry Office for the past nine years. His comprehensive knowledge of Agency statutes combined with strong communication skills made him an outstanding point of first contact with the public. Throughout his career he exemplified professionalism and was integral to successful efforts to streamline Agency processes. He served as a mentor to new staff members and was also a leader in building staff camaraderie.

    Mary Palmer retired on June 24, 2020 as an Office Assistant 2 after dutifully completing sixteen years of exceptional service to the Agency. Ms. Palmer provided professional support to the Legal, State Land and Public Communication Divisions. She effectively organized extensive application records and public comments including high profile projects like the Adirondack Club and Resort and numerous State Land actions. Her attention to detail and calm demeanor was cherished by all staff who she graciously assisted. Mary Palmer organized many special events for colleagues and she annually coordinated the Holiday Helpers program.

    Norma Howard retired on April 29, 2020 after serving as the Agency Receptionist for 14 years. Ms. Howard greeted all visitors to the Agency’s headquarters with politeness and a smile that put people at ease. She was responsible for directing all communication to the appropriate staff and did so with great efficiency. Her kind and generous nature was always on display especially when organizing the beloved Michigan Luncheons.

    William Thomas faithfully served as an In-Park Board Member from December 2006 until June 2020. Mr. Thomas most recently served as Chair of the Public Awareness and Communication Committee. He was a long-serving member of the Local Government Services, State Land, and Enforcement Committees. During his tenure, the Agency approved the historic Finch Pruyn State Land Classifications, improved telecommunication coverage, streamlined regulatory processes, and strengthened communication with local government officials. Mr. Thomas often voluntarily traveled across the Park to attend public hearings on proposed Agency actions. He was a dedicated advocate for the Adirondack Park, its people and communities.

    APA Retirement Parade

  • Adirondack Park Agency pays tribute to colleague Thomas Saehrig

    The Adirondack Park Agency extends its sincerest condolences to the Saehrig Family who lost a truly devoted family man and most generous soul. Mr. Saehrig was a dedicated public servant who was revered by his colleagues for his professionalism and inspiring mentorship. His Adirondack Park Agency family will truly miss his steady influence and kind nature.

    Link to Obituary

  • 2019 APA Annual Report

    APA Executive Director Terry Martino said, "As we proceed during these unprecedented times, it is reassuring to reflect upon the outstanding commitment of Agency staff and Board members to the Adirondack Park and its 101 municipalities. I am proud to share with you the 2019 Annual Report accomplishments of the Adirondack Park Agency. The report documents the project review, interdisciplinary planning, and decisions which are science based and incorporate best management practices. All efforts combine to ensure the long-term sustainability and protection of this magnificent region. Under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo, we look forward to the tasks and opportunities that lie ahead.”

    2019 APA Annual Report

    Please click 2019 Annual Report to download report

  • July Agency Board Highlights

    July Agency Meeting

    The Adirondack Park Agency Board convened remotely in July using Covid-19 precautionary protocols. Highlights included approval for a 150-foot-tall stand alone telecommunication tower in the Town of Newcomb, Essex County and an authorization for a joint public comment period with the Department of Environmental Conservation for proposed amendments to the Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan. The Board also accepted the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for and approved North Elba's proposed Map Amendment MA 2020-01. This action will classify 32 acres of private land from Moderate Intensity Use to Hamlet. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available here

    .APA Staff/Board ADI Presentation


  • 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