Perspectives on the Adirondacks: A Thirty-Year Struggle by People Protecting Their Treasure


Public activism vs. political rigidity: the untold story behind the battle for the environment in New York State's magnificent Adirondacks.
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Public activism vs. political rigidity: the untold story behind the battle for the environment in New York State's magnificent Adirondacks.
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The mixed-use establishment of the Adirondack State Park has led to numerous political battles over the regulation of development and other land use issues. The author traces the history of these battles from the 1970s to the present. She explores the evolution of the regulatory regimes of the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency through the reactions of organizations and individuals on differing sides of the political battles over the Park. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815608950
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara McMartin was active in numerous environmental groups and citizens' advisory committees, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Forest Preserve Advisory Committee. She is author or coauthor of more than twenty books and guidebooks on the Adirondacks, including The Adirondack Park: A Wildlands Quilt, also published by Syracuse University Press.
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Table of Contents

Acronyms and Abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
Pt. 1 The 1970s and 1980s
2 Formation of the Department of Environmental Conservation 17
3 Establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency 23
4 Environmental Groups and the APA 27
5 Evolution of the Adirondack Park Agency 36
6 Environmental Groups New and Old 54
7 DEC under the Adirondack Park Agency Act 58
8 Other Issues and Events in the 1980s 77
9 Forestry in the Park 93
10 The Adirondack Council 96
11 The End of Act One 100
Pt. 2 1989-1993
12 The Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century 103
13 The Release of the Commission Report 135
14 Picking Up the Pieces, 1991 162
15 Still Trying for Legislation, 1992 178
16 Aftermath, 1993 185
Pt. 3 Issues and Activities of the 1990s
17 State Government Activities in the 1990s 193
18 Public Participation in the 1990s, Discussion and Case Studies 221
1 Region 5 Open Space Planning Committee 225
2 Forest Preserve Advisory Committee 238
3 The Blowdown of 1995 245
4 Motorized Access to the Forest Preserve and Access for the Disabled 249
5 DEC's Use and Information Planning and the Adirondack Access Plan 260
6 The Citizen's Advisory Committee for the High Peaks Wilderness Area Unit Management Plan 264
7 Unit Management Planning and Revisions to the State Land Master Plan 277
19 Where Are They Now? 281
Final Thoughts 341
Notes 351
Selected Bibliography 371
Index 377
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