Sunday, February 17, 2013

"Adirondack Park User's Guide" eBook now available

Hungry Bear Publishing Feb. 17 released an eBook on’s Kindle platform titled “New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” by local author Andy Flynn and friends from the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership (AFPEP).

The “User’s Guide” answers the question – “What is the Adirondack Park?”

Using the Adirondack Park’s leading government, not-for-profit and historical organizations, the “User’s Guide” gives the public — residents and visitors — a valuable reference guide from respected sources that helps them responsibly use the Forest Preserve while giving them informational links to community assets, such as attractions, special events, communications, transportation, tourism organizations, and recreational opportunities. There are also helpful tips on using the Forest Preserve, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling and more.

The book includes 13 of Flynn’s stories from the “Adirondack Attic” book series, straight from the archives of the Adirondack Museum, to help illustrate the “how-to” aspects of using the Forest Preserve and give a historical perspective.

“The stories complement the resource information and educational components of this book by humanizing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park,” Flynn said. “After all, it’s the people who live in Adirondack communities that make this protected place so special.”

In addition to Flynn’s stories, officials from the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation contributed to this book, along with members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership: the DEC, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Leading Edge.

"It takes a lifetime to really understand the Adirondacks – the people, the zoning, the wilderness ... the everything – but this is an excellent primer,” said George DeChant, board member of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. “With all the links, phone numbers and addresses, you will have enough information to spend a lifetime learning the nooks and crannies of all that is inside the Blue Line."

The eBook is available for $6.99 on the Kindle platform at The “User’s Guide” includes convenient hyperlinks to the many organizations, attractions, and services throughout the Park. It includes more than 50 color images and can be read on a variety of electronic devices, including PC, Mac, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone with the Kindle Reading App, a free download.

“We should pass a law: I really think this book should be included with the deed when people buy property in the Park,” said Kimberly Rielly, director of communications for the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

A print version of the book is expected to be released in the summer of 2013.


“Nice job! It is an easy and interesting read, and loaded with a wide variety of essential facts that will help visitors to make the most out of their visits to the Adirondacks.” (Joe Hackett, newspaper columnist and operator of Tahawus Limited guide service, Ray Brook, N.Y.)

“Visitors from far and near will find this publication to be an essential item, not just for their book shelf, but as an important carry along reference item when visiting the Adirondacks. The reader easily connects with the author, as he discusses the seasonal necessities for preparing to cross the Adirondack Blue Line, with his personal glimpses of Adirondack living, from decades of experience as an Adirondack native.” (Gerry Lemmo, wildlife photographer, Queensbury, N.Y.)

"In ‘New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,’ Flynn brings together and breaks down the elements that demonstrate the unique structure of the Adirondack Park as a place to visit and a place to live. From rules and regulations to the top attractions, this guide blends in historical stories so readers can be in the know before they go. Flynn shows that there is always more to learn about the Adirondack Park." (Diane Chase, author of the book series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities,” Bloomingdale, N.Y.)

“’New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide’ belongs on everyone’s book shelf, whether Park resident or visitor. Finally there is a good resource to help us understand what goes on inside the Blue Line. Clearly organized, with here and there amusing essays, this is an easy-to-use guide.” (Caperton Tissot, author of “Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History,” Saranac Lake, N.Y.)

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