Four Mile Snowmobile Trail Through Wilderness?

Trees like these would need to be cut down in order to construct a proposed DEC snowmobile corridor here, within the Blue Ridge Wilderness at its boundary with State Rte. 28 near Raquette Lake. Photo by Dave Gibson.

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation wants to extend an existing community connector snowmobile trail now terminating near Raquette Lake village to Long Lake village. That sounded reasonable enough at year’s end 2018  - until we all learned  that the DEC plans to run that four mile connection all along the boundary of the Blue Ridge Wilderness.

All motorized uses, including snowmobiling and the mechanized grooming equipment that comes with snowmobiling, are disallowed in Wilderness. A guideline in the State Land Master Plan labeled Boundary Structures and Improvements allows certain facilities including snowmobile trails within 500 feet of where a Wilderness boundary intersects a public highway. But that snowmobile trail exception is only authorized “in limited circumstances.”  From our point of view, a four-mile long, groomed snowmobile trail 9-12 feet wide through Wilderness, whether constructed 500 feet from the highway or not, does not quality as a limited circumstance. read more >


03/19/19 Adirondack Wild and Sierra Club Seek Sunset for Mineral Sampling in Wilderness Lot 8 This month, Adirondack Wild and the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter have written to the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly asking for a further constitutional amendment which would establish a date certain by which all further mineral sampling and the land exchange for Lot 8 in the Jay Mtn. Wilderness must be completed. read more >
Existing open pit mine in Lewis as seen from the adjoining Jay Mountain Wilderness, 200-acres known as Lot 8. Photo © David Gibson

03/07/19 E-Bikes Are Not For The Forest Preserve Jack Drury’s recent essay promoting the use of E-bikes opens with the challenge facing an older but reasonably well conditioned body attempting to keep up with younger bicycle riders. Jack articulates well what many of us baby boomers are feeling as we take up a ski, paddle, hike, or bike with younger friends and colleagues. We think we are reasonably fit, but how to keep up? Especially, as Jack wondered, on the uphill sections? read more >
Bicycling on a Wild Forest corridor near the Cedar River. Photo © David Gibson

02/21/19 New York’s Highest Court Accepts Brief in Defense of Wild Rivers In mid-February, our state’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, considered whether or not to accept a brief submitted by the Adirondack Council in Elizabethtown. After a challenge by the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, who wanted the brief withheld, the Court announced that it would accept the brief.
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Wild section of the upper Hudson River near Indian Lake. Photo © Dave Gibson

02/11/19 Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century: A Status Report Adirondack Almanack readers may recall that in 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget office introduced legislation which would have changed the way the state pays taxes on the public’s Forest Preserve. It was proposed to change the ad valoremsystem, in place since 1886, to a payment in lieu of taxes. read more > Governor Mario Cuomo greets school children at an Adirondack conference at the Silver Bay Conference Center in 1994. Photo by Ken Rimany (Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks)

01/12/19 Becoming Rooted Thanks to People like Bob I know one or several who are rooted in their town and who prove instrumental in helping newcomers become rooted there as well – someone who could plow them out; someone who could lend them a rototiller; someone who could repair their water line or dug well; someone who knew the previous occupants; someone who knew what used to be on that piece of land; someone who knew the stories and just how to tell them; someone we laughed with and, gradually, over time... read more >
Where Bob helped us become rooted. Photo by Dave Gibson


04/06/19 • APA board in transition read more >
03/12/19 • Conservation groups ask for more rangers, mandatory boat washing and ATV ban on adk. state lands read more >
03/11/19 • Trump environmental record worries Adirondack advocates read more >
03/10/19 • Groups name top five threats to the Adirondacks read more >
02/27/19 • Snowmobile power struggle revs up read more >
02/16/19 • Clear-cutting bill hacked from both sides read more >
01/22/19 • Adirondack Groups Sue State Over Plan to Construct Snowmobile Bridge Over Scenic River read more >
01/18/19 • Wilderness Advocate Dan Plumley Departs Post with Adirondack Wild read more >
11/19/18 • Adirondack Wild Calls on the Legislature to terminate threat of future mining at ‘Lot 8’ in the Jay Mountain Wilderness read more >
03/14/19 • Adirondack Wild and Sierra Club Seek Sunset for Mineral Sampling in Wilderness Lot 8 read more >
02/19/19 • Climate and Community Protection Act, S. 7971 - A. 10342 read more >
01/31/19 • Cross Country Ski Trail Guidance
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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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