A balance between tourism, economic development and preservation is needed for the Adirondacks amid growing concerns the park is being overrun with visitors in recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday.

The Adirondacks have gained increased attention as a destination in recent years, with the state focusing on attractions within the North Country. But with the focus on the Adirondack Park, the area has seen a sharp rise in the number of people using the area for recreation.

“That’s the good news. The bad news is the tourism increase is actually creating issues,” Cuomo said. “Parking issues, traffic issues and there’s a real question of what’s the maximum use of the resources without damaging the resources.”

Officers at the Department of Environmental Conservation have called for increased staffing to handle the influx of people and cars into the area. During the summer, video and pictures from the High Peaks wilderness area showed long lines of cars parked alongside roadways near trail heads.

Environmental groups have raised potential fixes, including permits for entering or parking in the Adirondack Park.

Cuomo, during an unrelated event at the Albany Airport on Wednesday, did not go into specifics, but acknowledged state officials, along with the DEC, are discussing the problem.

“It is a legitimate issue,” Cuomo said. “We’re working on it. It’s not black and white.”