Hamilton County’s director of economic development and tourism has written Governor David Paterson to protest the state’s plan to close to vehicles all the roads in the Moose River Plains Recreation Area.
In his letter released today, William Osborne asserts that the closures “will have a devastating effect on the Hamilton County business community and a local economy already teetering on the brink.”
He also contends that the state should not purchase any more land for the Adirondack Forest Preserve unless it can guarantee it can pay to maintain the land.
“Why is the State of New York buying more and more land when it cannot begin to care for, maintain and police the land it already owns?” he asks.
Osborne suggests the state pass legislation tying future land purchases to maintenance funds.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says budget cuts prohibit it from opening the forty miles of dirt roads in the Moose River Plains. DEC spokesman David Winchell said the department lacks the staff to maintain and patrol the roads and 110 drive-in campsites. The roads usually open in May.
The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution last week demanding that the state open the roads immediately.
Click the link below to read Osborne’s letter in its entirety (in PDF format).