Conserving the Adirondacks

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249. [MAP]. BUTLER, B[enjamin] C[lapp]. The New York Wilderness. Hamilton County and Adjoining Territory. Compiled by: B.C. Butler. 1879 J.A. Cooper. Del. Lith. by Weed, Parsons & Co. Albany. Albany, 1879. Lithograph cadastral wall map mounted on original cartographical cloth; neat line to neat line: 125 x 94 cm; folded into original brown pebble cloth folder (26 x 15.5 cm), gilt lettering on upper cover: Map of the New York Wilderness. 1879. Cloth folder bumped and frayed at edges and corners. Other than occasional wear and fraying at folds, the map is fine. OCLC locates two copies: Buffalo & Erie County Library and Skidmore College. New York State Library also has a copy in the Charles E. Snyder Papers.

     First edition. Caroline Mastin Welsh, Adirondack Prints and Printmakers: The Call of the Wild (Syracuse: The Adirondack Museum-Syracuse University Press, 1998), p. 19:

Between 1871 and 1879 over one-half million acres of Adirondack land reverted to state ownership. Much of the land, which had been sold off during the great land sales of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, went to timber operators who cut the softwoods that could be driven down the rivers. They then let the title revert back to the state for taxes. This amounted to a state subsidy for the timbermen. The practice produced a lively speculative market in Adirondack land, and in 1879, B.C. Butler compiled The New York Wilderness. Hamilton County and Adjoining Territory, a wall map published by Weed and Parsons, which claimed to sort out the Adirondack land ownership confusion.

In 1893, after passage of the Adirondack Park Act (1892) to allow the State to take stock of its Adirondack holdings and reduce poaching, the present map became the basis of the first official map of the park, Map of the Adirondack Forest by State Forester John Koetteritz. The Adirondack Park, formerly Mohawk-Iroquois territory, is a publicly protected, elliptical area encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of upstate New York and the largest state-level protected area in the contiguous United States, containing approximately 6.1 million acres, greater than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and the Great Smoky Mountains combined.


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