The DEC abandonment filing noted that the state has added nearly 70,000 acres of wildlands since 2012 that either lie along or would be accessible from the line, which “could represent an unparalleled opportunity to provide public access to some of the Adirondack Park’s most beautiful wild spaces.”
The Adirondack Explorer sought 2018 ranger tickets in connection with a story in the March-April magazine about how an increasing work load for rangers has led to a decline in the number of tickets issues over the last decade.
The storage or locking requirement would apply to guns that are out of the owner’s “immediate possession or control.”
Established under a 1974 amendment to an earlier law, the 480-A program provides owners of 50 acres or more tax incentives for “continued production of forest crops.” The state is looking for ways to enroll more owners.
In December, State Supreme Court Justice Richard Aulisi, after hearing three weeks of trial testimony, reversed his own initial ruling in the lawsuit brought by the landowners who want strangers kept off their lands and waters.
The DEC had objected to Iowa Pacific storing idled freight and tanker cars on its tracks inside the Adirondack Forest Preserve last winter. The cars were removed last spring.
Background checks are intended to determine whether would-be gun buyers have felony or domestic violence convictions or determined mental illnesses that would prevent them from legally owning a gun.
Scott van Laer, a ranger in the High Peaks Wilderness and a union representative, urged legislators to add staffing. There are 106 field rangers statewide and some supervisors, and 50 permanent rangers who patrol 2.6 million acres in the Adirondacks. That compares to 330 federal rangers who patrol the Yellowstone National Park’s 2.2 million acres, he said.
“In heavily traveled areas and popular state-owned destinations, New York will invest in safe and environmentally friendly transportation options, launching electric shuttle systems and installing additional electric vehicle charging stations,” according to the governor’s 2019 agenda.
Bills re-introduced at the start of the New York Legislature’s 2019 session would require Adirondack Park Agency permits for clearcutting more than five acres of privately owned timberland.