In my opinion it's worse now and getting even worse for our rural lifestyle and worse yet for our deer and moose populations in the Adirondack Park.
Deer have not recovered yet from the doe season in the 1960s and I think the moose population that we are supposed to be expanding will be harassed from the new snowmachine trails and will want to find new territory.
Unfortunately they don't realize there is no place to go and will be killed crossing the roads and cause car wrecks or worse. Moose have been known to attack snowmachines and riders. Shouldn't the one promoting these things be responsible?
I read that DEC has set rules for the Essex Chain Lakes. It states a permit system is required and no campfires allowed. Then DEC and the state designate 13 tent sites, parking areas, launch sites and wonder why so many people will use the area.
They tell campers where to camp in the same area and wonder why all the firewood disappears. Wouldn't it be better to stop modernizing wild forest and send those people to state campgrounds that are empty most of the time?
The state and DEC have closed free camping around Speculator and this forces these people into wild forest. In my opinion DEC and rangers like this because they will put more rangers on to enforce these new rules, eventually spreading them into the rest of the park.
DEC and rangers forget hunters, trappers, fisherwomen, hikers... people that care the most to preserve the park... and decide to modernize it and ban campfires.
Lewis N. Page Sr.