Hot Spot

Eastern High Peaks Wilderness 2019

Lake Placid, NY

The High Peaks Wilderness Area is the most heavily used area within the Adirondack Forest Preserve. At the busiest trailhead, at the Heart Lake Program Center, there were over 73,000 visitors in 2017 (both novice and experienced users). With only 173 acres across 21 summits near the Heart Lake Program Center, the alpine zone in the Adirondacks contains some of the most critically endangered plants in the northeast. This Hot Spot effort will reach the thousands of visitors who enter this endangered area
through the Heart Lake Program Center, as well as the local populations of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Keene, Keene Valley, Newcomb, and Wilmington, NY—all towns that surround the High Peaks. We will be working with ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host community programs and education programs aimed at addressing the challenges associated with high concentrations of visitors to the region, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste and negative human/wildlife interactions.

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