"Our intention was to produce more than a reference book," said Jerry Jenkins, author of The Adirondack Atlas and researcher for WCS's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. "We wanted to capture the dynamic nature of this magnificent landscape, both in terms of the park's past, present and future."
Published by Syracuse University and the Adirondack Museum, the atlas is the culmination of six years of effort by WCS's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. Some 300 pages in length, the atlas contains 750 maps and graphics, along with supporting text, and represents the most comprehensive collection of regional data brought together in an atlas format. The park's geology, flora and fauna are featured, as well as the history and implications of the park's uncommon mosaic of public and private land use structures. The atlas also considers the dynamic nature of the park's human communities, including rich information on culture and education, current businesses and industries, and forms of recreation usage across the landscape.
Issues of regional significance are treated, such as acid rain, the effects of global warming, and the future of farms and commercial forests within the park. This departure from the format of a reference atlas encourages readers to think about questions influencing the park and its future. "Through the creation of this book, we hoped to create a mirror for this park and its pe
Contact: John Delaney
Wildlife Conservation Society