SARANAC LAKE - Hungry Bear Publishing Feb. 17 released an eBook on Amazon.com's Kindle platform titled "New York's Adirondack Park: A User's Guide," by local author Andy Flynn and friends from the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership (AFPEP).
The "User's Guide" answers the question - "What is the Adirondack Park?"
Using the Adirondack Park's leading government, not-for-profit and historical organizations, the "User's Guide" gives the public - residents and visitors - a valuable reference guide from respected sources that helps them responsibly use the Forest Preserve while giving them informational links to community assets, such as attractions, special events, communications, transportation, tourism organizations, and recreational opportunities. There are also helpful tips on using the Forest Preserve, hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, bicycling and more.
The book includes 13 of Flynn's stories from the "Adirondack Attic" book series, straight from the archives of the Adirondack Museum, to help illustrate the "how-to" aspects of using the Forest Preserve and give a historical perspective.
"The stories complement the resource information and educational components of this book by humanizing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park," Flynn said. "After all, it's the people who live in Adirondack communities that make this protected place so special."
In addition to Flynn's stories, officials from the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation contributed to this book, along with members of the Adirondack Forest Preserve Education Partnership: the DEC, Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, and Leading Edge.
"It takes a lifetime to really understand the Adirondacks the people, the zoning, the wilderness ... the everything but this is an excellent primer," said George DeChant, board member of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. "With all the links, phone numbers and addresses, you will have enough information to spend a lifetime learning the nooks and crannies of all that is inside the Blue Line."
The eBook is available for $6.99 on the Kindle platform at www.amazon.com. The "User's Guide" includes convenient hyperlinks to the many organizations, attractions, and services throughout the Park. It includes more than 50 color images and can be read on a variety of electronic devices, including PC, Mac, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, iPad and iPhone with the Kindle Reading App, a free download.
"We should pass a law: I really think this book should be included with the deed when people buy property in the Park," said Kimberly Rielly, director of communications for the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.
A print version of the book is expected to be released in the summer of 2013. For more information about the "User's Guide," visit www.hungrybearpublishing.com.