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Feds want an Adirondack Park Trail

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Updated: 9:17 AM

By PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released a revised draft of the Adirondack Park Trail Plan.

The Adirondack Park Trail would be part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The DEC will accept comments on the revised draft plan until July 7.

Federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail as a component of the National Trails System in March 1980. The trails are patterned after the Appalachian Trail.

The projected length of the North Country NST is approximately 4,600 miles, stretching across the northern tier of the United States. Approximately 2,000 miles have been completed.

The National Park Service provides overall administration and coordination.

The revised draft plan would utilize about 81 miles of existing trail and build 38 miles of new trails within the Adirondack Park. In addition, it is estimated that 39 miles of temporary connections along roads will be initially utilized to make connections along this route.

158 MILES IN PARK

About 158 miles of the National Scenic Trail would be within the Adirondack Park. It would run from Forestport in Oneida County to Crown Point on the shore of Lake Champlain.

The route would go through nine units of the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve: Black River Wild Forest, West Canada Lake Wilderness, Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Little Moose Wilderness, Jessup River Wild Forest, Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, and Hammond Pond Wild Forest.

GET A COPY

Those who want to review the plan can visit DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov, click on 'Outdoor Activities,' 'Hiking,' 'Adirondack Trail Information' and 'North Country National Scenic Trail;' or get a hard copy or CD of it at DEC's headquarters in Albany or its Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook.

Comments may be sent to Josh Clague, Natural Resources Planner, NYSDEC 625 Broadway 5th Floor, Albany NY 12233-4254 or emailed to lfadk@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

peteklein@hamiltoncountyexpress.com

     

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