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Keene New York is a town in the United States, central Essex County, New York. Keene is the home of the Ausable Lakes, the source of the Ausable River and the Great Range, and fifteen of the forty six High Peaks, as well as Mount Marcy (close to Lake Placid New York), the highest mountain in New York state. Along with the Johns Brook Lodge of the Adirondack Mountain Club, trailheads for many of the High Peaks are located within the town. The largest state park in the nation, all of the town is in the Adirondack Park.
The Adirondack Park
The Town has completed a grassroots project installing broadband service in every home with a student in the Town's award winning public school, and to bring the service to more than ninety percent of the homes in Keene. This makes it unique in the Adirondack Park, the deep reach of this network into rural areas.
Keene, New York
In northeast New York, the Adirondack Park is a publicly protected area. It is the largest National Historic Landmark and the largest state level protected area in the contiguous United States and the largest park.
A land area greater than Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone National Parks combined or Vermont, the park covers some six million one hundred thousand acres (25,000 sq km).
Yellowstone National Park
Over half the land within the Adirondack Park is privately owned including several hamlets and villages but much of the land is directly controlled by the state's Forest Preserve.
All within the state of New York, the Adirondack Park boundary, commonly known as the Blue Line, contains all the Adirondack Mountain range, as well as some surrounding regions. The park includes small portions of Washington, Saratoga, Oneida and Lewis counties, as well as considerable portions of Warren, St. Lawrence, Herkimer, Fulton, Franklin, and Clinton counties and all of Essex and Hamilton counties.
The Adirondack Mountain Range
Although new areas are frequently donated or bought, not all of the land within the park is owned by the state. Including the highest summits in New York State, as well as Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in the state, State land comprises two million seven hundred thousand acres (11,000 sq km), about forty five percent of the park's region. With most of the remaining land managed under the somewhat less stringent wild forest classification, about one million acres (4,000 sq km) of this is classified as wilderness.
Of the park, hamlets and villages comprise less than one percent of the region. Sparsely developed, the remaining area of over three million acres (12,000 sq km) is privately held. Often, there is no clear demarcation between wilderness, private, and state lands in the park. There are no admission fees and no entrance gates but signs marking the Adirondack Park boundary can be found on most of the major roads in the area.
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