Welcome to the High Peaks Visitor Use Management Planning Project website. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is undertaking the development of a Visitor Use Management (VUM) Plan. The VUM planning process will focus on the experiential, social, and public safety elements of visitor use management and visitor capacities, to promote sustainable visitor use. Over the next several months, the project team will engage State officials, stakeholders, and the public in outlining desired conditions and management goals for the project area. During the latter half of 2023, the process will focus on measuring and analyzing visitor use patterns to determine how closely current conditions in the project area compare to the desired management conditions. The second year of the contract will focus on developing management strategies aimed at helping DEC achieve and maintain desired conditions. The final project report will be provided to DEC that includes recommendations for monitoring and maintaining the effectiveness of the strategies over time.
Time Lapse Video NEW!
This time lapse video was developed to depict current conditions along the trail to, and on the summit of Mount Marcy in the High Peaks Wilderness Area during a typically busy summer weekend in August 2023. It was produced for the High Peaks Visitor Use Management Planning Project.
This project will apply the Interagency VUM Framework, which was developed by a partnership of federal land management agencies as a blueprint for responsibly addressing increasing visitation on federal outdoor recreation lands. The framework promotes agency and stakeholder collaboration when setting management goals and relies on data and analysis for determining the success of management actions.
Outcome: Understand why the project is needed, and develop the project approach.
Outcome: Describe the conditions to be achieved or maintained and how conditions will be tracked over time.
Outcome: Identify strategies to manage visitor use to achieve or maintain desired conditions.
Outcome: Implement management strategies and actions, and adjust based on monitoring and evaluation.