Established in 1892, the Adirondack Park is the largest protected area in the lower 48 states. How large? Well, larger than Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Glacier National Parks combined. Inside the Park boundary, referred to as the “Blue Line” is one of the largest intact temperate forests in the world; it contains the headwaters of five major watersheds, including thousands of lakes, hundreds of miles of streams and rivers, and thousands of acres of bogs, swamps, and marshes; and it is home to a diversity of wildlife, such as moose, bobcat, black bear, common loon and many other iconic species of the great north woods. The Adirondacks also represent one of the country’s oldest formal models of coexistence between humans and wilderness.

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