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Great South Woods Project

Outdoor Recreation Enhancement in the Adirondacks

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A collaborative, community-based planning initiative to enhance and diversify public access to the Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands in the southern Adirondack Park.

Public Feedback Meetings on Draft GSW Strategy

  • November 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    View arts center in Old Forge, New York
  • November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, New York
  • November 23 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Oak Mountain Ski Center, Speculator, New York

Our efforts will focus on promoting regional-scale thinking on how to develop recreational access and infrastructure – for both self-powered and motorized activities – that better connects Adirondack destinations and Adirondack communities 

Vision

A destination-based network of diverse outdoor recreational opportunities in the Great South Woods that improves connections among local communities and New York State lands, strengthens local economies, contributes to the well-being of visitors, and protects the region’s unrivaled wild character and natural ecosystems.

Knowledge Workshops

The GSW project hosted six public 'knowledge workshops':

  • January 28 - Piseco School in Piseco, NY, from 6-8pm.
  • February 9th - meeting postponed - rescheduling TBD
  • February 25th - 5:30-7:30pm Old Forge Library, Old Forge
  • March 2nd - 6-8pm Long Lake Central School, Long Lake
  • March 9 - 6-8 pm, at Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek
  • March 16th - 6-8pm Northville Central School, Northville

Objectives

We will engage communities and stakeholders in a landscape-scale participatory planning process that seeks to:

  • optimize the potential of the Great South Woods to provide a wide spectrum of outdoor recreational activities available on Forest Preserve, conservation easement, municipal and private lands across the region;
  • establish a new, community-based land-and-water trail and lodging system that would strengthen community linkages to each other and to nearby Forest Preserve and conservation easement lands;
  • better develop front-country areas of State lands for improved access to and heightened enjoyment of diverse – including motorized –  recreational activities; and
  • improve protection of back-country areas of State lands in their primitive, wild condition while improving their trail systems for heightened enjoyment of self-powered recreation;

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What is the ‘Great South Woods’?

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The Great South Woods is a vast region of over 2 million acres including much of the southern and southwestern Adirondack Park. It is one of five regions identified by NYS DEC and APA for a new approach to landscape planning that emphasizes increased access to Forest Preserve and State-owned conservation easements lands, and increased connectivity among communities, via the development of destination-based recreation infrastructure and amenities.

Project Partners

  • SUNY-ESF
  • NYS DEC Division of Lands and Forests Forest Preserve Bureau
  • Adirondack Park Agency
  • Hamilton County Board of Supervisors
  • Leading E.D.G.E.

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For inquiries about the Great South Woods project and information on upcoming community meetings in the southern Adirondacks, please contact us at:


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