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High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group

Interim Report

The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group's (HPAG) determined early in the process of developing recommendations for managing increased use in High Peaks region of the Adirondacks that it was necessary to develop recommendations for immediate actions for DEC and its State and local partners to undertake this summer. This became of greater importance with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPAG submitted an interim report to which DEC released to the public. The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group's Immediate Action Recommendations Report (PDF) includes actions that DEC and its State and local partners could undertake, pending available funding and continued partnership, to promote sustainable use of the Adirondacks High Peaks and protect this resource.

HPAG will continue to further develop the recommendations in the interim report and other topics in the coming months as it works to complete the final report.The public is encouraged to assist in this effort by submitting comments.

Commissioner Basil Seggos's response to HPAGs interim report (PDF).


In November 2019, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the formation of HPAG. The advisory group will collaboratively provide advice to DEC on how to balance critical issues associated with increased public use in the High Peaks Region in order to protect the area's natural resources for future generations.

The Advisory Group is charged to make recommendations for strategies, actions, and tactics by the end of June 2020 to:

  • Ensure public safety within the communities, along roadways, at trailheads, and in interior areas where recreation is occurring;
  • Protect natural resources and recreation infrastructure;
  • Provide a quality recreation experience;
  • Support local economic vitality; and
  • Make science/factual driven decisions with the use of best available data.

The Advisory Group is comprised of stakeholders with expertise in local government, recreation, natural resource protection, business, tourism, and other priority areas. Commissioner Seggos named this group to achieve the goals for the initiative and

  • Incorporate, expand, and/or modify recommendations made to date;
  • Identify priorities;
  • Determine whether additional data is needed to inform the group; and
  • Identify actions for implementation.

Public Participation

In their first meeting, Advisory Group members agreed that public input and transparency are critical to the successful development of a strategic framework. Therefore, links to meeting summaries are listed below by date and will be added after subsequent meetings.

Public comments regarding issues related to managing use in the High Peaks Region, and what might be done to address these issues, can be submitted via email. The public is encouraged to submit comments as soon as possible to ensure they are considered by the Advisory Group during their deliberations.

Meeting Summaries

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