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High use: How do we manage for the success of the Adirondack Park?

Monday, August 12 at 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Jason Scott, Julia Goren, Wes Lampman, & Spencer Morrissey

Heavy use on hiking trails and at other sites in the Adirondack Park is a hot topic! Areas such as the High Peaks Wilderness have received attention for the dramatic increases in the number of visitors on trails, but this phenomenon is occurring throughout the Adirondack Park. More visitors have both positive and negative effects, particularly on trail systems, other infrastructure, and on the experience itself. How do different organizations, from the NYS DEC to non-profits such as the Adirondack Council and ADK help address the success of the Park while protecting it for all?

Presenters:  Jason Scott is a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger who lives in Blue Mountain Lake. He graduated from SUNY ESF with a BA in Environmental Studies and has been Forest Ranger since 2004.

Julia Goren is Director of the Adirondack VISION Project for the Adirondack Council. She has an MS in Environmental Studies (Antioch University) and a BA (Williams College). Goren finished hiking her 46 in 2005 and lives in Saranac Lake.

Wes Lampman is Chief Operating Officer of Adirondack Mountain Club. He has an AAS degree from Paul Smiths College in Forestry and has been a professional trail builder in the Adirondacks and Catskills since 1993. Lampman lives in Wilmington, NY.

Spencer Morrissey is an outdoor writer, blogger, photographer, and licensed guide. He has a degree in Forest Technology from SUNY ESF Ranger School. He is the author of, among other ADK books, The Other 54, A Hikers Guide to the Adirondack 100 Highest.