ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – The Adirondack Park is suffering from overuse since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Adirondack Council is urging the state to take action.
The council says the park was already facing overuse of its wilderness areas, as well as water pollution, acid rain, invasive species and a lack of demographic diversity.
Ahead of the 2021 State of the State, the council is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to invest in protecting the park by providing more resources, planning and staffing.
“The Adirondack Park once again displayed its priceless value this year as it became the escape hatch for millions of people who sought relief from the pressures of an extended economic lockdown, severe travel restrictions and efforts to avoid the potential contagion of crowded cities,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “New York needs to invest in protecting and preserving the park as a place of much-needed refreshment and renewal for generations to come.”
According to the Adirondack Council’s website, overuse can cause trail damage, erosion, widening, damage to vegetation, water pollution and impact wildlife at the park.
Cuomo says he will give his State of the State address on Monday, Jan. 11.