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Adirondack Explorer

September, 2014

Grace Peak plaque should be removed

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I have been a reader and subscriber to the Explorer for a number of years. I enjoy the recreational, environmental, and local community coverage that you provide for the Adirondacks. I am writing to you now about a recent incident. A permanent sign was placed on the summit of Grace Peak (formerly East Dix) in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. The sign is a memorial plaque that commemorates the United States Geological Survey changing the name of the peak to Grace Peak. The plaque was placed on the summit by a large group on June 21 of this year. The ceremony was prominently documented via online media. The plaque does not appear >>More


September, 2014

New snowmobile trails will harm moose

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The moose population that we are supposed to see expanding will be harassed by the new snowmobile trails and will want to find new territories. Unfortunately they don’t realize there is no place to go and will be killed crossing the roads and cause car wrecks. Moose have been known to attack snow machines and riders. The state, which is promoting snowmobile trails, should be held responsible for the harm caused by developing new snowmobile trails. Lewis N. Page Sr., Speculator


September, 2014

NYCO test drilling is a violation

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Hopefully I am not too late to the party to contribute my two cents. I just read about the Adirondack Park Agency approving test drilling by the mining company NYCO in Lot 8 (Jay Mountain Wilderness) in the Adirondack Explorer [July/August 2014]. I thought I was voting for a land swap to take place between NYCO and the state. Had I known I was voting for NYCO to have an option to swap land pending the outcome of test drilling in Wilderness, my decision would have been entirely different. I’ll be pleased to financially support organizations that pursue blocking this legally if necessary. Hopefully the decision will be revisited. Mark >>More


September, 2014

Where were the helmets?

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You show great photos of rock climbing [“Climbing the classics,” July/August 2014], but why is Phil Brown the only one wearing a helmet? I thought they were a basic precaution. I am an Adirondack guide and we are trained that safety is number one at all times. Bob Godlewski, Rotterdam


September, 2014

Map shows trail that’s not there yet

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After reading “A Pitch for Wilderness” it appears that the map showing a section of Northville-Lake Placid Trail in a West Stony Creek Wilderness is misleading. This trail would be an alternative for Northville-Placid hikers who now have to walk along a public road. Two friends and I drove up Mountain Road and onto a side road, passing the point where state land begins. A little farther and the road became so poor that we did not dare to travel farther. We looked for the southern start of this alternative to the road-trail from Northville but could not find it. Then we traveled up Benson Road to look for >>More


July, 2014

Mountain bikes no worse than canoes

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I believe canoes and kayaks are the latest threat to our wild lands, and I am strongly opposed to permitting them in Wilderness Areas. Canoes and kayaks give people a huge mechanical advantage. They shrink wild lands. They can transport more people farther, creating intrusions in even the most remote areas. In many cases, the relative difficulty of accessing large wild lands provides a safe haven for sensitive wildlife. If canoes and kayaks are permitted in wild lands, their use by trappers and hunters would mean there would be no refuge for wildlife. Canoes and kayaks can and do transport >>More


July, 2014

We need to transport oil somehow

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Regarding your article, “Trains carry oil and risk,” [May/June 2014]: Out of one side of protectionists’/preventionists’ mouths we hear: “Oh, we must break our dependence on foreign oil.” “Oh, we must learn to use more renewable energy recources…”, “Oh, etc., etc., etc.” On the other side we hear that we cannot transport oil by pipeline, train, ship or truck. Do you recommend a bucket brigade? As to renewables, we hear, “Don’t build wind farms, solar farms, burn wood or, heaven forbid, hydro plants.” Robert Grimm, Amsterdam


July, 2014

Cougars present in Champlain Valley

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I must take umbrage with your article “Keeping track of cougars” [March/April, 2014]. In it Rainer Brocke is quoted as saying the Adirondacks are a “pipsqueak park” with too few deer and too many roads for cougars to survive. The Champlain Valley is alive with deer. Just take a drive around the back roads and check it out. And in the past two years we have repeatedly sighted big cats near Lake Champlain, and none has been road kill. Many have left their tracks as proof. Bob Spring, Crown Point


July, 2014

Convert just unused rail line to trail

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In your May/June issue, a letter from Ken Kaufmann of Skaneateles has provided what I believe to be the correct solution to the entire debate over an Adirondack rail trail between Lake Placid and Old Forge. Just convert the unused portion between Saranac Lake and Old Forge into a trail for now and everyone gets a piece of the pie. Compromise is a wonderful tool and should help get this conversion approved. I do hope so, since I am seventy-five and would like to bike this trail in my lifetime. Thanks for all the great pro/con articles regarding this ongoing >>More


July, 2014

Don’t abet snowmobiles in backcountry

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I am not in favor of the rail-trail idea that you keep hyping in your magazine. The railroad route is historic and is currently providing recreation and access from both ends for lots of folks that might otherwise not have an Adirondack experience. We should be encouraging motorless travel in the backcountry, not catering to snowmobilers. One of your readers commented a while back about making a rail trail on the other railroad bed that goes to Malone. The ties and rails are already gone on this one. Why don’t you shift your emphasis to that one? Al Gillis, Ithaca


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