Reader Interactions


  1. Richard Rosentreter says

    Nice job Sara! Good luck back at Stony Brook! (We met at the laundromat in Lake Placid). Say hello to Mike Lynch.

  2. Brian J says

    Mr, Konowitz and Wilson’s comments seem to express concern with the impact on residents. This Park was bought and paid for and maintained by NY TAXPAYERS and the emphasis belongs on the overuses impact on US.
    Many Western States have NATIONAL Parks and still require hiking and parking permits to limit access to trails.
    It is time for NY to implement hiking and parking permits, with an emphasis on benefiting NY’ers

  3. Jeffrey L Farrell says

    I don’t think it is right to keep people off the peaks. What we need r classes u,must take b4 u can go. This way if everyone knows how to leave no trace while hiking, the impact on the peaks will lessen, letting us increase patronage.
    If u tell them they can’t go they will go anyway. Education is the key

  4. David Gibson says

    The meeting’s break-out sessions on Permits constituted important info sharing and dialogue about permit systems employed on federal Wilderness in the Cascade Range (Oregon), the Boundary Waters Wilderness in MN, Maine’s Baxter State Park, etc. If we’re serious about Wilderness guidelines in the Adirondack Park, we have to do this. DEC can do this, and do it well, starting with a pilot permit reservation system for the most overcrowded routes to improve Wilderness experience and resource. The High Peaks Unit Management Plan called for an overnight camping permit reservation system to be studied and implemented within 3-5 years. That was in 1999. Never done. Now that recreational use has doubled since then, it’s high time to seriously begin the process of data collection, analysis, then action.

  5. Curmudgeon says

    I love how the public and media aren’t allowed to attend these meetings, sign of a healthy democratic process right there. Permits…there are some of us who’ve lived here decades (working two or three jobs to stay) because we value unfettered access to these public resources. Permits will keep locals from using their own “backyard”, and don’t expect any of these environmental groups to weep a single tear once locals are shut out of the woods. Want to visit your favorite swimming hole, sorry you can’t park there. Hike your favorite peak on your day off work, sorry you don’t have a permit. That’s all this parking malarkey we’re dealing with right now is…folks who want to limit traffic in the wilderness areas put a bug in Albany’s ear about “traffic safety”. Presto, they’ve just effectively limited visitor numbers without any public meetings or input, unit management plan changes, ect.

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