Rensselaer, NY, Jul 09, 2012 — There's been an ongoing fight in the Adirondacks over the use of motorized vehicles and float planes in remote areas. Supporters say four-wheelers, float planes and power boats are an appropriate tool to help people with disabilities reach recreation areas. But environmentalists say there are plenty of handicap-accessible lakes and trails, and they see the lawsuit as part of an effort to weaken bans on motorized recreation in the back country.
The long-running battle culminated in a federal lawsuit filed against the state two years ago by a group of disabled men who say they've been denied access to more than three dozen remote ponds and lakes in the Adirondacks. Now, a judge has gutted much of the lawsuit, but has still allowed it to move forward. Chris Knight has the latest. Go to full article