Historical Quotations About Adirondack Park

“To lessen further misunderstanding, we would say that the Adirondack Park is open to all, the poor as well as the rich. All are welcome. Anyone may pitch his tent anywhere on State land without let or hindrance, and occupy it without rental or price.”

Francis G. Babcock, Samuel J. Tilden, Clarkson C. Schuyler.
Nathan Straus, William R. Weed
Commissioners of the NYS Forest Commission
1893 Annual Report of the Forest Commission


“The Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan set forth in this article recognizes the complementary needs of all the people of the state for the preservation of the park’s resources and open space character and of the park’s permanent, seasonal and transient populations for growth and service areas, employment, and a strong economic base, as well. In support of the essential interdependence of these needs, the plan represents a sensibly balanced apportionment of land to each.”

“Statement of legislative findings and purposes” - 
§801 of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Act enacted in May 1973


“The historic legislation, in striking a sensible balance between the needs for preservation and development within our treasured Adirondack Park, will assure the use and development of the 3.7 million acres of private land within the Park proceeds in a manner consistent with the best interest of all people of the State.”

Governor Nelsen A. Rockefeller
On approving the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan,
May 1973


“Some don’t want the Park well-publicized, arguing that what is special is the isolation, that’s true. But it’s also true that the economy has to be sustained and you need tourism to sustain it. That’s the tension of the Park. Finding a balance is very important.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo
September 2013


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