The Adirondack Park faces many challenges, and the Adirondack Explorer has been covering these issues for more than 23 years. But we don’t just chronicle the problems, we are also committed to looking at potential solutions.
This year, the Adirondack Explorer reporting team has created a series focused on solutions. This summer and fall, reporters visited other parks in the Northeast looking for ideas for managing high visitor volume to some of the more popular attractions – much like what is facing some parts of the Adirondacks.
Look for more solutions journalism from the Adirondack Explorer, stories that engage readers with reporting on responses to problems and insights learned from them. Not every idea works, and we are committed to reporting the results realistically.
We are working to help readers understand challenges facing the Adirondacks by visiting communities inside and outside the region to look at what’s being tried to address them–and what can be learned from those ideas. Our hope is to connect readers and communities and inspire them to get involved and work together to solve long standing issues.
— Tracy Ormsbee, Explorer publisher
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
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
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.