ADIRONDACK WILD EXCLUSIVE

Let your voice be heard on the amendments to the High Peaks Wilderness Management Plan

By David Gibson


Hikers crowd the summit of Cascade Mountain, High Peaks Wilderness – Photo by D. Plumley

A third and final public meeting to discuss the first substantial amendments to the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan in 20 years will take place in the Lussi Room of the Olympic Center in Lake Placid on June 21 at 6 PM.

Join Adirondack Wild in asking the NYS DEC and APA whether the amendments protect natural resources and wild character, which is the correct priority, or in fact are more heavily weighted to accommodate recreational users that exceed the land’s capacity.

Whether you can come to the Lake Placid meeting or not, your comments are very important ! Below are some talking points which Adirondack Wild recommends and will develop into our final comments. Feel free to refer to them for your own comments in your own words. The deadline for all public comments on the amendments is June 27.

Adirondack Wild Talking Points on the High Peaks UMP amendments >>

Send your comments:
By Email: Info.r5@dec.ny.gov.
Please share your comments with Adirondack Wild via our website.

By 1st Class mail: Kathy Regan, Deputy Director of Planning, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977.

Thank you !

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

05/22/18 I’d like to recognize the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for its recent editorial “APA, DEC Skimp on Public Meetings.” The newspaper wrote that two public meetings, both held on the same day (Wednesday, May 23) about numerous management amendments to the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderwhacker Wild Forest:
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Roadway into Boreas Ponds. Photo © Dave Gibson


04/06/18 More On Inner Gooley Club As noted in stories in Adirondack Explorer and Almanack, the Inner Gooley Club buildings on the shores of Third Lake in the Essex Chain, were nominated for inclusion in the State and National Register of Historic Places. The nomination is controversial because the lake and lands around it, including the Gooley Club footprint, is publicly-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve classified Primitive, and managed as closely as possible to Wilderness guidelines. read more >
Third Lake with Gooley club hidden along the far shore. Photo © Dave Gibson


03/06/18 A Fence Full of Car Parts in Baker’s Mills The late Adirondack wilderness advocate and conservation leader Paul Schaefer (1908-1996) had loads of stories to tell about his life and the people he came to know in the Adirondacks.Now that Adirondack rivers are starting to flow again and trout season is about to open, it may be an appropriate time to relay one Paul told me at his fireside.
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Paul Schaefer ca. 1960s.


03/06/18 DEC Should End Uncertainty of Old Mountain Road This past week, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled that the Old Mountain Road that runs through the public’s Sentinel Wilderness between Keene and North Elba remains a town road and is not abandoned by either town. The court thus overturned a decision by former Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens in 2016 and affirms an enforcement proceeding decision by former DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis in 2009. read more >
Map of Old Mountain Road courtesy DEC.


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PRESS RELEASE
05/25/18 • Adirondack Wild to NYS: Stop the Rush to Accommodate Overuse of the High Peaks Wilderness and Boreas Ponds read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/24/18 • Motorized access to Boreas Ponds debated at DEC hearing read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/23/18 • Views vary on Adirondack recreation plans read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/11/18 • APA sends High Peaks, Vanderwhacker Plans to Public Comment read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/11/18 • APA fast-tracks proposals for High Peaks read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/08/18 • Court rejects challenges to snowmobile routes read more >
COMMENTS
05/0818 • Re. Unit Management Plan Amendments and Public Comment read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/03/18 • State prevails in Adirondack snowmobile trail challenge read more >
IN THE NEWS
05/03/18 • Adirondack Snowmobile Trail Gets Green Light From Court read more >

The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

Photos: Top left: Bog on Upper St Regis Lake. © Ken Rimany;
Field Notes From the Partners: Carved 'Beaver House' sign - by Paul Schaefer. Photo © Ken Rimany;
Wild Action Now photo: Dan Plumley at the Keene Valley Library, along with Naj Wikoff, sharing what they learned and offered to the gathering of leaders at the Conference of World Parliamentarians on Tibet. Photo  © Ken Rimany.

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Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
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Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
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David H. Gibson, Partner
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