ADIRONDACK ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS & VILLAGES
The Adirondack Park consists of over six million acres which is located in the northeastern corner of New York State. The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the 48 contiguous states and Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park would all fit into it with room to spare. There are 102 Towns & Villages located within the Adirondack Park.
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A Message From The President
“The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages (AATV) is a membership organization representing the 101 towns and villages within the Adirondack Park. We are a non-partisan alliance of local elected officials who address issues of concern to local communities and local governments, full-time and seasonal residents, businesses, and visitors.”
Unique Facts About The Adirondacks
The Adirondack’s welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs span more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
There are 101 Towns & Villages in the Adirondack Park. There are 12 Counties that comprise the Adirondack Park. Essex (1,224,570) Hamilton (1,156,172) Franklin (736,691)
St Lawrence (623,076) Warren (559,603) Herkimer (558,869) Clinton (326,832) Fulton (203,240) Lewis (164,862)
Saratoga (148,802) Washington (101,949) Oneida (16,617)
The Adirondack Park is 50.55% privately owned land and 49.45% state owned land. The 6 million acre Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous United States. The rocks making up the Adirondack Region are amongst the oldest rocks on the planet (around a billion years old). However, the Adirondack Mountains are relatively young despite being composed of very old rocks.
NEW YORK STATE
New York State has over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Genesee River in Western NY is one of the few rivers in the world to flow south to north. The Erie Canal, built across The Seaway Trail covers 454 miles along scenic vistas of Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands. New York’s highest waterfall is the 215 foot Taughannock Falls in the Finger Lakes Region of Tompkins County. It is the highest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
YEAR ROUND TOURISM
The Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure all year round. From hiking to skiing there is always something to do during each of the seasons.
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The Town of Minerva
Minerva can be called a nature-lover’s paradise, with more than half of the town having been labeled state land. Minerva is a true Adirondack town centrally located and tucked between the mountains.
The Town of Minerva was first established by Act of the Legislature on March 17, 1817. Previously it had been part of the Town of Schroon, and prior to 1804, a part of the Town of Crown Point
The influx of mining, during and after the Second World War, brought a spurt of growth, the population reaching nearly 700 by 1950.
The town is named after Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom.
Minerva is primarily mountainous and almost entirely forested. The Hudson River form the southwesterly boundary of the Town, with 15 miles of its course being in Minerva or forming its boundary
Here’s what our members have to say about AATV
Being a member of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages has helped build valuable connections for the Town of Minerva.
Supervisor | Town of Minerva
* AATV was very central to fighting the Patterson and then Cuomo efforts to abandon Ad Valorem. Honestly even going back to a similar Pataki effort, though it was premised by getting us more money, AATV helped explain the vulnerability created by disconnect from Ad Valorem. In the case of Patterson, we drove the effort to get a meeting with the Governor himself, and brought with us NYSAC and many other organizations to that table.
Town of Morehouse
“AATV is an extraordinary resource for elected officials and all people invested in the Park. The exchange of knowledge and networking opportunities is both immeasurable and invaluable. AATV was instrumental to the successful hazardous waste abatement and building demolition project at the former J&L Steel iron ore processing facility, the largest contaminated site in the Adirondack Park. I appreciate that I was welcomed into the organization and I would recommend that all elected officials become involved with and support this exceptional organization.”
Former Supervisor, Town of Fine