You won't hear them whine about it though. The Council takes a lot of guff, but just keeps doing its job.
This park is part public and part private. It is huge. It is more than 9,000 square miles. Name any famous national park out West. Any five will fit inside the Adirondack Park. It is still a work in progress, in that the state lands still aren't completed yet. Having small towns inside a park is odd, but really makes the place special. But people who live here all the time, like me, have a hard time remembering that the park doesn't just belong to us.
I don't buy that line of nonsense about the Council wanting to hurt the economy or make people leave. That's bunk of the first order. Almost all of their staff seem to live here. Are they chasing themselves out of the park? Not likely.
Since 1975, when the Council firs started here. the economy here has gotten better, not worse. This is now the richest rural area in America, but the politics of victimhood is alive and well. To hear it from some locals, the whole park is skid row. They look at the most gorgeous landscape on earth, a 10,000-year-old forest, and they see nothing but wasted lumber and impediments to getting rich. Sad, really.
They can't see that public land doesn't stifle the economy here. It is the only reason there is an economy. Places like Tupper Lake and Long Lake, even Lake Placid, are nothing without the spectacular public lands they hold. The Adirondack Council doesn't buy land. That's the Nature Conservancy and Open Space group. But the Council is the best environmental advocacy group in America, bar none.
They make sure the state and federal governments set aside money for new public lands, for conservation agreements on private lands, and to fight pollution and the like. The Council saved the whole state environmental fund last year and stopped Governor Patterson from closing all the state parks. All the other groups helped, but the Council was always out front in the news.
That's what gets under the skin of their detractors. They are really, really good at what they do. They are as good as any national national environmental group. And they don't apologize for doing the right thing.
I guess people here love em or hate em. I love em.
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