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Court says no to Adirondack Council snowmobile suit

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The Associated Press reports a midlevel court has dismissed a lawsuit by environmentalists trying to stop New York from implementing a plan for rerouting snowmobiles in the Adirondacks.

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The plan, a “guidance” adopted by the Department of Environmental Conservation and approved by the Adirondack Park Agency, is meant to put trails closer to highways and link towns in the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Council says the plan allows trails within two miles of a road—so virtually anywhere. The group argues that violates the State Land Master Plan and threatens winter wildlife habitats in 1.6 million state-owned acres designated as wild forest. The Appellate Division says the 2009 guidance remains subject to further DEC approvals for rerouting specific trails. The justices say the Council "has not alleged any concrete injury.'' According the the AP, the Council is reviewing whether to appeal.

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