Environment and Human Health
The Adirondack Council's mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park.
The Council envisions an Adirondack Park composed of large core wilderness areas, connected to working farms and forests, and augmented by vibrant local communities.
Created in 1892 as a unique six-million-acre patchwork of both publicly and privately owned lands, the Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous United States. By State Constitution, the public portions are protected as "Forever Wild" Forest Preserve, which includes the state's highest mountain peaks, most of the Park’s 2,579 lakes and ponds, and hundreds of miles of waterways in the state's wild, scenic, and recreational rivers system. In addition to the nation’s largest intact deciduous forest, the Park is home to 130,000 permanent and 110,000 seasonal residents in 100 rural hamlets.