<p>On the trail to Goodnow Mountain, a yellow birch appears to be ingesting a boulder left behind by a glacier. With its tenacious trees and rebounding wildlife, <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/family-trips/adirondacks-new-york/">Adirondack Park</a> is a miracle of regeneration. Committed advocates and legal protections written into New York’s state constitution offer hope that it will remain forever wild.</p> <p><i>See more <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/adirondack-park/melford-photography">pictures</a> from the September 2011 feature <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/09/adirondack-park/klinkenborg-text">story</a> "Forever Wild."</i></p>

Yellow Birch, Adirondacks

On the trail to Goodnow Mountain, a yellow birch appears to be ingesting a boulder left behind by a glacier. With its tenacious trees and rebounding wildlife, Adirondack Park is a miracle of regeneration. Committed advocates and legal protections written into New York’s state constitution offer hope that it will remain forever wild.

See more pictures from the September 2011 feature story "Forever Wild."

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

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