As you are probably aware, the NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing another redefinition and potential use for the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor. (See “Draft Scope” listed below) As in the past, public comments are being accepted as part of the proposal process. I strongly encourage each of you to send your thoughts to the DEC (address below) expressing your disapproval of their change.
Note that the original 2016 Unit Management Plan, (UMP) successfully challenged by the railroad in 2017, was found to violate several laws. As a result, the DEC and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) have manufactured what many consider to be an end run on the judge’s decision. With this in mind, it is important that our voices be heard loudly with comments based in reason and logic.
Remember, this is not a contest about whose idea is best, but rather what is lawful and logical in terms of tourism and the health of the North Country and its visitors, including those who visit New York State from elsewhere.
Please take the time to comment on this issue and forward your comments to one of the following addresses.
President, ARPS Board of Directors
DEC and DOT are accepting public comment until August 10. Written comments may be mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggestion: Look over the “Draft Scope” below along with the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article to see points to address from the DEC plan. This will help you plan your response. – V. Sperrazza, ASR Newsletter Editor.
DEC press release
Adirondack Daily Enterprise article “State previews rail-trail plan, takes comments”