The Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled an extra hearing on the controversial proposal to classify Lows Lake and adjacent lands as Wilderness. The proposal encompasses 12,545 acres, including the bed of the nine-mile-long lake.
The agency already has held hearings in Long Lake, Wanakena, and Albany. The additional hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, August 10, at the APA headquarters in Ray Brook. The hearing will be broadcast on the agency’s Web site.
Opponents of the proposal argue that Lows Lake, which is an impoundment of the Bog River, doesn’t qualify as Wilderness, which is the most restrictive of the land-use classifications for Forest Preserve lands.
I hope some pro-wilderness people can make it to this meeting because I believe amount of people who made it to the meetings in Wanakena and Long Lake who were against the wilderness proposal (and who outnumbered the people who showed up for the proposal) was misleading – I believe WAY more people support this area becoming wilderness than are against it.