Our March/April issue is wrapping up here, and one story we’ll have more about is tree-cutting on forest preserve.
The issue stems from a court case in 2013. The organization Protect the Adirondacks sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation over Class 2 community connector snowmobile trails for violating the “forever wild” part of the state constitution. That case is now on the last stretch of litigation, with an appearance before the state’s highest court slated for March 23.
What could this mean for all trail work in the Adirondacks? Different groups have different opinions, and many of them came to a head last week. In case you missed it, we had a story about that here.
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Thursday and Friday the Adirondack Park Agency will meet. The board will consider approving several projects including a cell tower in Hamilton County and new stormwater regulations for Lake George. Check our website tomorrow for a meeting preview, and back again after the meeting for an update on what happened. If you want to listen in yourself go to apa.ny.gov and click on the agenda. Click here for a story by my colleague, Ry Rivard, for what Lake George is doing with the stormwater regulations.
Also of note, the state Department of Environmental Conservation will be giving the APA an update on changes to the unit management plan for the Hinckley Intensive Use Area in Herkimer County. I’ll be listening in on that as well, but you can view the unit management plan here.
I hope you’re all getting out and enjoying the snow. Dave and I hiked up Moxham Mountain on Sunday. I think we burned enough calories to justify eating our Super Bowl feast later in the day. We hiked Moxham in the fall, but winter was, as expected, a whole other ball game. To be honest, I found the first couple of miles to be a little boring this time of year. There are mostly deciduous trees in this part of the hike, so everything is barren and it’s a lot of the same. I’ve discovered I love hiking through pine trees covered in snow, and there was some opportunity for this once we started getting to the top of the mountain.
Sunday had some snow flurries, and up top there was much more wind and drifting snow. At the summit we couldn’t see half as far as we could in the fall. The winter whites and grays made for its own special view. The ridge line will always be a favorite.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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