The Adirondack Mountain Club’s 28,000 members enjoy hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, biking, and other "muscle-powered” outdoor activities. And ADK is committed to protecting the wild lands and waters our members use and cherish. ADK is the champion of nearly 5 million acres of publicly owned lands across New York State, including the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, state parks, state forests, and wildlife management areas.
ADK’s environmental advocacy program grew out of the need for responsible public policies to protect these lands and to ensure they remain accessible to the public for appropriate recreation. ADK also advocates for state funding for land acquisition and stewardship and has been on the frontline in the battle against acid rain, mercury pollution, global warming, and other threats to these resources.
What You Can Do One reason ADK’s advocacy efforts have been so successful is that public officials know our positions are backed by an informed and active membership. Find out how you can play a critical role in protecting the wild lands and waters you love.
Advocacy Success Stories If there is one word that could best describe ADK’s advocacy program that word would be effective. Although our professional advocacy staff is small, they are knowledgeable about environmental law, public lands, and state land management policies. That is why state policymakers have frequently looked to ADK for its expertise and advice in developing sound environmental and public-land policies. Recently, at ADK’s urging, the state Department of Environmental Conservation recommended that surface drilling for gas and oil be prohibited on state-owned lands. In 2010, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation accepted our recommendation that most of Allegany State Park be designated as Park Preservation Areas, bestowing near-wilderness status to more than 50,000 acres in western New York. ADK has also been directly involved in legal battles challenging efforts to gut regulations to control power-plant emissions that contribute to acid rain and mercury contamination. And we won every one, including one case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.