Long considered one of the most respected authorities on the
history and geography of the Adirondack region, award-winning
author and conservationist Barbara McMartin focuses on the
uniqueness of the forty-four individual tracts that make up the
two-and-one-half-million-acre Forest Preserve within the Adirondack
In The Adirondack Park McMartin has aptly likened the various
wild forests, wilderness, recreation and primitive areas to a
patchwork quilt, with landscapes connecting to jagged boundaries
following rivers and narrow valleys.
Sidebars of "views and visits" give readers an insider's
advantage to making the most of any Adirondack expedition. With a
storyteller's ease, McMartin provides a brief history and
description of each area. She chronicles the preserve's unusual
origins, people, politics, and economics that created what is now
one of the most important wilderness areas in the eastern United
Skillfully combining the results of meticulous research and her
life-long passion and advocacy for the Adirondack region, she
illuminates the story of how the land parcels were pieced together
to become the most sought-after and protected acreage in the east.
The book is generously interspersed with maps and vivid geographic
descriptions of the forest cover, lakes, mountains, and natural and
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