Saturday, August 24, 2019

Here's what's in the 2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide'

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide”
2019 edition
By Andy Flynn & Friends

“New York’s Adirondack Park: A User’s Guide” was designed with one goal in mind: to provide visitors with information to help them safely and responsibly use the Forest Preserve owned by the state of New York.

We’ve also done our best to answer the question, “What is the Adirondack Park?”

As this is a “peopled wilderness” or a “peopled park,” we’ve provided information about our communities and given a brief guide for visitors to enjoy their stay, such as contacts for visitor bureaus, transportation and communications, and lists of some major attractions, special events and recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Park.

Pages: 120
Price: $8.95
Publisher: Hungry Bear Publishing (Andy Flynn)
Date published: August 2019


Welcome to the Adirondack Park
Keys to enjoying the Adirondacks

Chapter 1 - About the Park

Adirondack Park history
Adirondack Attic: Camp Santanoni Gate Lodge
Our Olympic heritage
Adirondack Attic: 1930s bobsled mask
New York State DEC
Adirondack Park Agency
Land Use and Development Plan
NYS Forest Preserve
Adirondack Forest Preserve map
Adirondack Forest Preserve units
Parkwide organizations
Adirondack Attic: 1856 Clinton County map
Adirondack counties map
County government
Towns, villages and hamlets
Adirondack Attic: Tim Fortune photomosaic

Chapter 2 - Adirondack Outdoors

Outdoor recreation
Birding and nature hiking
Principles for Forest Preserve use
Leave No Trace
Backcountry preparedness
Essentials for hiking & camping
Adirondack Attic: “Assaulted by Mosquitoes” photo
Adirondack 46 High Peaks
Hikes outside the High Peaks
ADK Fire Tower Challenge
Adirondack Attic: Fire tower string map
Saranac Lake 6er challenge
Other hiking challenges in the Adirondack Park
Tupper Lake Triad challenge
Lake Placid 9’er challenge
Fishing in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Attic: Tuttle Devil Bug fishing lures
Hunter safety
The Adirondacks on horseback

Chapter 3 - Nature & You

Invasive species prevention
Use local firewood at campsites
Adirondack Attic: Barienger Brakes used in logging
Technology in the backcountry
Dogs and the Forest Preserve
Leave young wildlife alone
Report moose sightings
Staying safe in moose country
Adirondack Attic: Feeding the bears photo
Black bears in the Adirondacks

Chapter 4 - Visitor Guide

Visitor information
Adirondack Attic: Blue Mt. House chamber pot
Special event highlights
Major attractions
Camping in the Adirondacks
Mud-season hiking: Avoid high-elevation trails
Frontier Town Campground
Adirondack Attic: Frontier Town memorabilia
Emergency contacts

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2019 'Adirondack Park User's Guide' now available

The updated version of "New York State's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide," by Andy Flynn & Friends, is now available. Books arrived in Saranac Lake on Aug. 13, and publisher/author Andy Flynn has been busy distributing copies around the Adirondack Park.

The updated version has more pages and content than the 2013 original edition. It is again supported by members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, Jack Drury, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council and Adirondack Mountain Club.

Pictured here is Rachel Karp at the Adirondack Mountain Club's Adirondak Loj with a copy of the 2019 book.

The goal of the "Adirondack Park User's Guide" remains the same: to teach outdoor recreationists -- hikers, campers, etc. -- how to safely and responsibly use the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The book is 120 pages and sells for $8.95 retail.