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.

  • Open Public Comment Period

    General Permit 2014G-1B - Management of Terrestrial Invasive Species in or Potentially Impacting Wetlands in the Adirondack Park.

    The Adirondack Park Agency is conducting a public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed amendments to General Permit 2014G-1A which is currently used to manage terrestrial invasive plant species in or within 100 feet of wetlands. The public is encouraged to review and comment on General Permit 2014G-1B. For detailed information plase click here.

    Please submit public comments to:

    NYS Adirondack Park Agency

    Robert Lore, Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs

    P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977

    Email - PublicComments@apa.ny.gov

    The Agency will accept public comments untill November 20, 2020

  • October Agency Board Highlights

    October Agency Meeting

    The Adirondack Park Agency Board convened remotely in October using Covid-19 precautionary protocols. Highlights included approval for the rebuild of two segments of the existing Ticonderoga-Republic 115kV transmission line. The project site is in the Towns of Moriah, Crown Point, Ticonderoga in Essex County and the Towns of Putnam and Dresden in Washington County. The Board also authorized a public comment period to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to an APA Wetland General Permit application - Staff Presentation. APA Legal Staff also provided an overview presentation on shoreline structure setback regulations.

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  • Major Project Public Comment Periods

    Project: 2020-0254 Town of Saranac

    Description: The project involves the construction of a new salt storage shed.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, October 29, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Saranac, Clinton County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0196 Lyme Timber Company

    Description: The project involves a timber harvest of 430 acres within Lymes 16,159-acre Colton-Piercefield Tract

    Comment Period End: Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0091 Scheefer

    Description: The project involves a proposed four-lot subdivision.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, November 19, 2020

    Project Location: Town of North Elba, Essex County

    For more information please click here.

    Project: 2020-0218 FW Forestry Services, Inc

    Description: The project involves a timber harvest on a 208-acre portion of a 15,512 acre property.

    Comment Period End: Thursday, November 19, 2020

    Project Location: Town of Long Lake, Hamilton County

    For more information please click here.

     

     

  • 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 APAsubmissions@apa.ny.gov.

    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 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 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.

    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 keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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