Sunday, September 22, 2013

‘Adirondack Park User’s Guide’ now available

Hungry Bear Publishing recently released the print version of “New York's Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide,” by Andy Flynn & Friends, which answers the question – “What is the Adirondack Park?” A Kindle version was released on in February 2013.

With information from 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 that helps them safely and responsibly use the state-owned Forest Preserve. It gives 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.

“If there’s one book every Adirondack visitor should have in hand when they arrive, it is the ‘Adirondack Park User’s Guide,’” said Flynn, who drew upon his eight years of tourism industry experience as a public relations specialist for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Visitor Interpretive Centers to compile this book. “This is a quick reference to who operates the Adirondack Park and why it is so special. I wish we had these to distribute at the VICs.”

Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and APA 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.

“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, Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.

The book includes 13 of Flynn’s stories from the “Adirondack Attic,” straight from the archives of the Adirondack Museum, to help illustrate the “how-to” aspects of using the Forest Preserve and give a much-needed historical perspective. The stories also humanize the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park, since it’s the communities that make this place so unique.

“‘New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide’ belongs on everyone’s book shelf, whether Park resident or visitor,” said Caperton Tissot, author of “Adirondack Ice: A Cultural and Natural History.” “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.”

Andy Flynn is an author, publisher and award-winning newspaper editor living in Saranac Lake. In his spare time, he operates Hungry Bear Publishing with his wife, Dawn. During the day, he is the assistant managing editor at Denton Publications in Elizabethtown and editor of the North Creek News Enterprise.

Flynn has published eight books, including the six-part “Adirondack Attic” book series and “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Memories.” He is also a news correspondent for North Country Public Radio and has two radio programs on NCPR, “The Adirondack Attic” and “New York’s Bluegrass Trail.”

Flynn is a graduate of the Tupper Lake High School and SUNY Fredonia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in communication.

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide” is 96 pages and retails for $8.95. It is available in Adirondack bookstores, at and online at

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