Promoting Sustainability of Ownership and Stewardship of Private Lands in the Adirondacks Since 1990. 

The Adirondack Landowners Association is focused on the unique responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of owning private land in a region that in both principle and practice is a park. Learn more. Consider joining today. 

Constitutional Amendment Approved

Voters across New York State approved a 250-acre land bank that will allow communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks far more flexibility to tackle local public works projects. The vote was surprisingly close, despite near universal support for the ballot question from green groups, local government leaders, and a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers. The Adirondack Landowners Association worked very hard with the other stakeholders to make this a reality.

The constitutional amendment will set aside 250 acres for communities to use for projects that support health, public safety and community improvement, such as bike paths, new bridges and culverts or water lines. Additionally, 250 acres will be added to the Forest Preserve to make up for what is allocated to the land bank.

The ALA applauds all those who helped make this possible.

ALA Presents 2017 Stewardship Award

The highlight of the annual fall meeting, held at the Adirondack League Club, was the presentation of our 2017 ALA Stewardship Award to Dr. Ross Whaley. Ross has been part of the Adirondack scene for many years and his contribution to our membership has been significant. He has served as Chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency and was instrumental in creating the Common Ground Alliance. In addition to the normal framed tribute the ALA presented Ross with a custom made fly rod provided by the JP Ross Co. Given his love of trout fishing it will most likely get lots of use. There were also letters of recognition from Governor Cuomo, Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and a host of others. There was little doubt as to the respect and admiration the Adirondack community has for Ross…we couldn’t agree more.



The 2018 ALA fall meeting will be held at the Adirondack League Club on October 26th and 27th. While in the past, the end of the year meetings have been held between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the weather has always posed some issues that the holiday cheer couldn’t melt away. The weather at the end of October is much more agreeable.


The schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 26, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Auction setup in Summer House

6:00 p.m. - Social Hour and Silent Auction begin

7:00 p.m. - Dinner, comments, auction and raffle

8:00 p.m. - Speaker: Peg Olson, Director, The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter

Saturday, October 27, 2018

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Speakers:

10:30 a.m. to noon - Membership Business Meeting

Noon - Lunch and Departure


ALA Opposes changes to how NYS pays taxes on forest preserve

On February 26, 2018, ALA President Wilbur Rice sent the following letter to NYS representatives voicing opposition to a change in how NYS pays taxes on Forest Preserve, proposed in the 2019 Executive Budget:

The Adirondack Landowners Association appreciates the efforts to make government more efficient, which is the ostensible goal of the proposal to “Simplify the Taxation of State Owned Land” in the 2019 Executive Budget. We strongly oppose, however, the substitution of payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreements subject to a cap for the existing obligation of the State to pay taxes on property and interests in land on the same basis as other landowners. The only consequence of the proposed change will be to shift the burden of paying for essential governmental services from the State to taxpaying citizens of hard pressed Adirondack and Catskill communities.

This substitution would represent a major breach of the long-standing covenant between the state and these communities (enshrined in Section 534 of the Real Property Tax Law) to offset the loss those communities would otherwise suffer if the land were taken from their tax rolls for the benefit of the Forest Preserve and thus the citizens of the whole state.

All taxpayers are devoted to keeping taxes as low as possible. The state should not enjoy a more privileged status in bearing taxes than the ordinary citizen. It would be plainly unfair, given the disparity in their respective resources, to allow the state, instead of paying taxes based on an assessment, to simply increase its annual tax payment by a maximum of 2%, especially when its own FY 2019 Executive Budget Financial Plan shows that projected property value increases are more than 2% over the next four years.

The existence of this unfair result would discourage private landowners and local towns and villages from creating or supporting Forest Preserve land acquisitions or easements that could enhance the parks, secure important preservation goals, and add to the attraction of the region. More importantly, in the long run it will have a seriously deleterious effect on the economy of the region and its ability to attract and retain businesses and residents.

We therefore respectfully request that this proposal be withdrawn and removed from the 2019 Executive Budget.


Wilbur Rice

The PILOT proposal is widely opposed across the spectrum of Adirondack stakeholders.

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