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.
Free Adirondack Boat Wash Stations - Visit adkcleanboats.com for details
The ALA was an early leader in recognizing the threat of aquatic invasive species (AIS), launching an education campaign in 2013 that involved including information on AIS in all mailed renewals for boat and trailer registrations, and providing county clerks with signage and educational brochures.
Since then, numerous organizations and New York State have stepped up in a very major way to help stop the spread of AIS. Perhaps the most helpful and concrete measure in the Adirondacks has been the establishment of boat washing and decontamination stations throughout the Adirondacks during boating season, administered by the Adirondack Watershed Institute under a 5 year, $9.3 million contact. In the 2017 season, aquatic invasive species were intercepted 3,849 times!
Please, if you're transporting a boat to or between Adirondack waters, plan on stopping at one of these stations.
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 PILOT proposal is widely opposed across the spectrum of Adirondack stakeholders.
Become an Associate member of ALA
If you are already part of a Regular Member organization or club, why not consider becoming an Associate Member. Your financial support will help to fund the efforts of the ALA as we promote our network for exchanging ideas, addressing concerns among landowners, providing representation on important issues, and helping to ensure that the interests of Adirondack landowners are well advocated. You can find an application on our website...click on Join.