Solutions

Permit and regulation signs at the Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskill Park. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

Visitor management

The Adirondack Explorer set out during the 2021 hiking season to learn more about visitor management strategies being tried—and some that seem to be working—in other popular recreation areas. Over the course of the next several issues of our magazine and online, the Explorer is diving into shuttle systems, trail maintenance, permits, stewardship programs and more. Some of these ideas are already underway in the Adirondacks.

Series overview

As mountain communities grapple with how to best manage increase in visitors, the Explorer looks to how other places are dealing


Acadia National Park permit

Take a number

Park managers aim for ease and access with reservations
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stewards

Stewards point the way

At trailheads and summits, stewards provide some words and a welcome
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acadia shuttle bus

Shuttles take off

How successful park shuttles could be an example for the Adirondacks
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backpacking

Backcountry camping

Using the Tetons as a way to explore the idea of backpacking permits in the Adirondacks
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Access for all

Groups work to make sure everyone can get outside
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Sustainable trails

A look at efforts to build lasting routes in the White Mountains and Adirondacks.
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Power of partners

Coalitions are key to centers, websites and platforms to informing visitors
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AMR lot

Permits and problems

Do the experiences in the Catskills travel to the Adirondacks?
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The advisory committee’s report for the High Peaks acknowledged that there will need to be more than one strategy to help manage visitors, and not every strategy will work everywhere in the park.

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Other solutions stories

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The Adirondack Mountains are in view from John Millett’s solar farm in Whitehall, Washington County. Photo by Cindy Schultz

Solar solutions

The Adirondack Park Agency looks for ways to implement long-range planning for solar projects in the park.

Ezra Schwartzberg of Adirondack Research flips the underside of a hemlock tree branch to look for the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid on Sept. 30 in Washington County. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

The battle against invasive species

Researchers unleash predator bugs to eat hemlock pests.

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