The Adirondack Council is fast approaching the end of its 30-year vision plan for the Adirondack Park called 2020 VISION, studies that detail the park's biological diversity, protect and expand wilderness areas, highlight recreational uses and provide better management practices of timber lands and private properties.
The council has announced Tuesday it will review that plan and what has been accomplished, in addition to setting new goals for the year 2050. Staff will also work on publishing the four volumes of studies making up the 2020 VISION on digital formats so they are more accessible and easy to read.
Julia Goren, director of the Adirondack Mountain Club's Education Programs and the multi-agency Summit Steward program, will work with the council on its new multi-year Vision Project.
"I've devoted by career to introducing people to the natural wonders of the Park and helping them understand how to protect these ecologically fragile areas," Goren said, in a press release. "I will bring the same values to leading this initiative to develop a long-range vision for the Adirondacks."
The current vision plan, started in 1988, focuses more on land protection and less on climate change, invasive species, overuse of recreational areas and other concerns of today. Goren will be adding those pieces in to the new vision plan, while also looking at what's been accomplished to date.
The project was kicked off with funding from an anonymous donor of the Adirondack Council. The council will also use multi-year grants of $75,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and $100,000 from the Fowler Merle-Smith Family Charitable Lead Trust.
— Gwendolyn Craig