As a land area, the list above does not quite fit the 6.0 million acre Adirondack Park. Currently, the two executive agencies responsible for private land (the Adirondack Park Agency) and public lands (NYS Department of Enviornmental Conservation) are understaffed and in need of reform. Local planning is needed within hamlets and villages to maintain and enhance their unique rural character. Better enforcement is needed to control destruction of fragile habitats by ATVs
Overall-federal legislation is needed to reduce air pollution from other states to enable recovery from the effects of acid precipitation and global climate change. Governor Pataki has set a target during his tenure of conserving one million acres. To date, approximately 500,000 acres have been recently protected by the state as fee simple purchases, ensuring their constitutional protection as "forever wild", or by easements that will retain working forests, and elminate subdivision.
Both federal forest legacy funds and the NYS Environmental Protection Fund made this acquistions possible.