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7. National Park Service
(Latest update 2001)

(U.S. Dept. of Interior)
1849 C Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20240

(202) 208-4747
Web site:

National Park Service: (202) 208-4621
Web site:

National Park Service Boston Support Office
Planning and Legislation
15 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 223-5051

Key Personnel

Secretary of Interior: Gale A. Norton (202) 208-7351
Director of Communications DOI: Eric Ruff (202) 208-6416
Director of National Park Service: Denis P. Galvin (Acting)

Coalition Involvements

The agencies and organizations below worked closely with the National Park Service on such programs as the National Heritage Areas, American heritage Rivers, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, Forest Legacy, and National Park acquisition plans.

Governor, State of New York
Major land trusts
National Parks and Conservation Association
National Trust for Historic Preservation
New York State DEC
U.S. Dept. of State Department of State, Man and Biosphere Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Dept. of Transportation
U.S. Dept. of Commerce
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, including U.S. Forest Service


The National Park Service should loom in the minds of every Adirondack resident, landowner, and businessperson. Under Governor Nelson Rockefeller, his brother Laurence led a study group that proposed National Park status for the central Adirondack region. The idea was dropped because environmentalists wanted a bigger park and because Adirondackers were aroused in opposition. Rockefeller's Temporary Study Commission followed, resulting in the highly restrictive Adirondack Park Agency Act. A number of years later, in 1989, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status was conferred at the behest of an application by the APA; NPS is the main administrative coordinator of the Biosphere Reserve program in the U.S. During the 1980's, also, the National Parks and Conservation's multi-volume study included a discussion of the possibility of making the Adirondack Park into a National Park. NPCA concluded that for the time being the State provided enough protection. In the decade-plus since this study, New York State has acquired several hundred thousand more acres of land in the Adirondacks, making the region even more tilted toward full National Park status.

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