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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 >

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RECENT FIELD NOTES

12/30/18 Rail Trail Controversy Shows Master Plan Has Teeth Headlined at the December 2018 monthly meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency was a vote by the APA members to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) to allow Rail Trails to be added to the definition of a Travel Corridor, and to support a rail trail in the SLMP’s Travel Corridor management guidance. read more >
This railroad spur near Newcomb could one day be converted to a rail trail or rail with trail. Photo by Dave Gibson


11/06/18 Latest Test for the Adirondack Park Agency Congresswoman Stefanik’s district has one of the great carbon banks in North America, its public and private forests. Governor Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have, on our behalf, custody of over an even larger carbon bank in the Catskills, Adirondacks, State Forests and Parks and conservation easements all across the State.
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11/06/18 Award Presentations at the 2018 Annual Membership Meeting in Saranac Lake At Adirondack Wild’s Nov. 3, 2018 annual membership meeting in Saranac Lake, It was an honor to bestow our awards to two deserving Adirondackers, Julia Goren and Phil Brown. Julia received our Wild Stewardship Award for leading the High Peaks Summit Stewardship program since 2006. She and her team of Summit Stewards have communicated with hundreds of thousands of hikers on our Park’s fragile summits. read more >


11/06/18 Time to Strengthen Budgets for the Forest Preserve Currently on the Adirondack Park Agency (apa.ny.gov) website are links to “large scale subdivisions currently under review,” an entirely new feature. What is that new feature all about? Earlier this year, APA adopted a new application for large-scale residential subdivisions, as the agency defines them. In the green land use color, Resource Management, large scale subdivisions are defined as 5 or more lots or parcels in a given project. read more >


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IN THE NEWS
09/23/18 • ADK Council: Overuse, poor maintenance threaten trails read more >
IN THE NEWS
08/24/18 • DEC finalizes new rules for High Peaks read more >
IN THE NEWS
06/30/18 • Group proposes permit system for High Peaks read more >
Press Releases
PRESS RELEASE
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 >
PRESS RELEASE
10/22/18 • Adirondack Wild to Honor Phil Brown and Julia Goren at Annual Meeting of Members & Friends on Nov. 3rd in the Saranac Lake Free Library read more >
PRESS RELEASE
09/28/18 • Calls for a Permit System to Address Overuse in the High Peaks Wilderness and to Avoid Damaging the Vulnerable Boreas Ponds read more >
Comments
COMMENTS
09/21/18 • Re. Proposed Cedar River Bridge and Recreational Trail read more >
COMMENTS
09/18/18 • Re. P2018-0123, Woodward Lake, Large-Scale Subdivision Application 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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