Background

The Northeast region of New York is dominated by the Adirondack Park, created by the State of New York in 1892 for the purpose of conserving water and timber resources. The park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, half of which are owned by New York State and protected as “forever wild.” The other half of the park is privately owned. The Adirondack Park Agency closely regulates land use and development to preserve the natural beauty and resources. The region is sparsely populated and the economy is driven by tourism. Today the region faces a number of challenges including poverty, an aging population, limited broadband access, and a shortage of clinicians.
Last updated: October 12, 2017

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