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In 1967, two visionary policymakers, Laurance Rockefeller and Conrad Wirth, proposed that a core region of the Adirondack Park be established as a National Park, under the control of the National Park Service. Though unsuccessful, the 1967 proposal addressed a range of contentions, many of which are still relevant today, and also established an ongoing debate on the advantages and disadvantages of federal versus state regulatory action. This paper acknowledges the debate, but finds inherent advantages to an expanded federal role within the Adirondack Park. Times have changed. Attitudes have changed. Tracking the resistance, resentment, attitudes and impacts from 1967, this paper argues that revisiting the idea of having the NPS assume a full or even partial management role of a core region within the Adirondack Park is promising while also acknowledging that the prospect would face significant headwinds.



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