"The name "Adirondacks" originates from a Mohawk term "ratirontaks" used by the native Mohawks to describe their neighbors - the Algonquians- and means "they eat trees," in reference to a practice of the Algonquians to eat leaves and buds during food shortages. By 1634, the term became commonly used by the Mohawks to refer to the English and French they encountered. Ultimately, it was translated to the Dutch "Aderondackx" in common usage."
- Wikipedia, Adirondack Mountain
The Adirondack Mountains are over a billion years old, formed chiefly from granite and metamorphic in composition, they were repeatedly impacted by glacial activity. The region has 42 mountain peaks over 4000 ft high. The area boasts numerous scenic gorges, ponds, rivers, waterfalls and streams.
The Adirondack Park consists of nearly 6 million acres or 9375 square miles. The Park is larger than the Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks combined and is a contigiuous geographical entity, containing both public and private lands. The term "Blue Line" is used to delineate its borders.
The Adirondack Forest Preserve consists of New York State owned land within the twelve Adirondack counties and is not a single compact land area. The Forest Preserve is protected by Article XIV, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution. The section reads:
"The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold, or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed."
- Paul Schaefer, Defending the Wilderness