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October, 2016

Adirondack Land Trust Purchases Iconic Harrietstown Vista


The Adirondack Land Trust has announced that it closed on the purchase of Glenview Farm, a 238-acre property in Harrietstown, Franklin County. The property is known for its views of Whiteface Mountain, the McKenzie Range and High Peaks Wilderness. It borders a ¼-mile stretch of State Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths just beyond Donnelly’s farm and extends to Twobridge Brook and Bloomingdale Bog, considered the third largest boreal peatland in New York. A draft Harrietstown plan and the Adirondack Park Agency have designated this as a view worth protecting. “Glenview is one of those extraordinary vistas one can >>More


October, 2016

DEC Issues Final Plans For 3 Adirondack Campground Upgrades


The Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for three New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adirondack campgrounds – Limekiln Lake, Eighth Lake and Lake Durant – are now final. The final UMPs identify facilities and infrastructure to be upgraded or replaced during the next five years. Limekiln Lake Campground Final UMP The 312-acre Limekiln Lake Campground is located 1.5 miles east of the community of Inlet. It lies in both the town of Ohio, Herkimer County and the town of Inlet, Hamilton County. For more information on the Limekiln Lake Campground and to view or download the Final UMP visit >>More


October, 2016

Constraints on Public Participation in Adirondack Park Management


There are many ways to constrain the boundaries around public participation in decision-making. One way is to sidestep the law without amending it, thereby limiting public awareness and legislative debate of the issues. An example of this is occurring on the former Finch, Pruyn lands where the State wants to issue itself a permit or a variance to allow snowmobile connectors in river corridors when the law says that that motorized recreational activity is not permitted. Under the Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive Area Unit Management Plan, the State recently argued in Albany County Supreme Court that DEC regulations allow >>More


October, 2016

NYS Doesn’t Own 4 Parcels In Adirondack Rail-Trail Corridor


The state has identified four parcels along the Adirondack Rail Corridor that it doesn’t own, but officials say that shouldn’t hold up plans to build a controversial 34-mile rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. “As is often the case in projects like this, title questions arise that must be resolved. That is the case here,” Benning DeLaMater, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said in an email to the Almanack. Three of the parcels are in Saranac Lake and together comprise a 3,000-foot stretch of the corridor. One is owned by North Country Community College, and >>More


October, 2016

Comments Sought On Adirondack State Land Management


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold a series of public hearings to solicit public comments for State Land classification and reclassification proposals. The action involves proposals for State Lands in all 12 counties in the Park, including the recently acquired Boreas Ponds Tract. The 2016-2017 classification package includes 33 State Land classification proposals totaling approximately 50,827 acres, 13 State Land reclassifications totaling an estimated 1,642 acres, and a number of classifications involving map corrections (1,949 acres). Highlights of the Proposed State Land Classification Actions The Boreas Pond Tract is located in the Towns of Newcomb and North Hudson, Essex >>More


October, 2016

International Paper Endows Paul Smith’s College Professor


A Paul Smith’s College professor has been named as the institution’s first International Paper Endowed Professor in Forestry Economics. Dr. Brett McLeod, professor of Natural Resource Management and Policy and 2003 graduate of Paul Smith’s, was honored with the distinction last week during a ceremony at the college. The $500,000 endowment from International Paper will allow McLeod to continue his work in natural resource economics for the remainder of his career at Paul Smith’s College and could also help attract world-class professors to fill the position when he retires. McLeod began teaching at the college in 2005 and has served >>More


October, 2016

APA Fails To End Criticism Over Boreas Ponds Options


In response to public criticism, the Adirondack Park Agency staff came up with a fourth option for classifying the Boreas Ponds Tract, but it hasn’t ended the controversy. The APA board is expected to vote Friday to hold public hearings on the four options, despite complaints that the staff failed to present a full range of alternatives for the tract and failed to properly analyze the alternatives it did present. On Thursday, the State Land Committee voted to approve the hearing schedule and the four options, setting the stage for a vote by the full board, which is expected to >>More


October, 2016

Trails and Lodging System Schedules Workshops


The Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) project, an initiative that is expected to develop a conceptual plan for potential trail networks with key locations for lodging facilities within the Adirondack Park, has scheduled nine Community Workshops. The workshops are designed to inform the public of the project’s objectives and to share work completed to date regarding existing and planned trails, lodging facilities, and tourism destinations. The workshops are also designed to solicit knowledge of existing trails as well as additional input on prospective new trails and connections that would contribute to a hut-to-hut system. Outdoor enthusiasts, lodging owners, >>More


October, 2016

APA Prepares To Classify 90 Parcels Of State Land


At its meeting this Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency board will be asked to classify, in addition to the Boreas Ponds Tract, two other large parcels abutting the High Peaks Wilderness, known as MacIntyre West and MacIntyre East. Like the Boreas tract, both MacIntyre tracts were acquired by the state from the Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy. They formerly had been owned by the Finch, Pruyn paper company. All told, the APA board will consider classifications for 90 parcels of newly acquired state land scattered throughout the Park. At 20,758 acres, the Boreas tract is by far » Continue >>More


October, 2016

Comments Sought On Upper Hudson Woodlands, Sacandaga Easement Lands


The Draft Recreation Management Plan (Draft RMP) for the Upper Hudson Woodlands – Sacandaga Block Conservation Easement Lands is now available for public review and comment.  The lands involved include approximately 6,393 acres in the towns of Mayfield and Bleecker in Fulton County, and the towns of Edinburg and Greenfield in Saratoga County. A public meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on October 12 at Northville Central School, 131 South 3rd Street, in Northville. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft RMP and comment on the >>More