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.
As mountain communities grapple with how to best manage increase in visitors, the Explorer looks to how other places are dealing
Take a number
Park managers aim for ease and access with reservations
Stewards point the way
At trailheads and summits, stewards provide some words and a welcome
Shuttles take off
How successful park shuttles could be an example for the Adirondacks
Using the Tetons as a way to explore the idea of backpacking permits in the Adirondacks
Access for all
Groups work to make sure everyone can get outside
A look at efforts to build lasting routes in the White Mountains and Adirondacks.
Power of partners
Coalitions are key to centers, websites and platforms to informing visitors
Permits and problems
Do the experiences in the Catskills travel to the Adirondacks?
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.
READ MORE ABOUT THE REPORT
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The Adirondack Park Agency looks for ways to implement long-range planning for solar projects in the park.
The battle against invasive species
Researchers unleash predator bugs to eat hemlock pests.