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Abstract

The Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program (ACCP) is a small project of the Wildlife Conservation Society's North America programs. The Wildlife Conservation Society works to protect wildlife and wild lands in more than 50 countries around the world. In the Adirondacks, ACCP strives to advance the interests of both human and natural communities through research and a cooperative, information-based approach that has evolved from the input of local residents and the unique needs of the area. In all of its activities, ACCP works to meet the needs of local communities while fostering dialogue about issues affecting wildlife and conservation. In the process, the program hopes to help the communities of the Park realize the concept of sustainable development on a local level. This paper describes the programs origins, its ideological approach to conservation, and its multifaceted activities in the region.

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