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Section of the proposed new snowmobile  <br />trail system in the Adirondacks
Section of the proposed new snowmobile
trail system in the Adirondacks

NY finalizes Adirondack snowmobile plan, first project set for Hamilton County

Later this morning, the Adirondack Park Agency is expected to approve a plan creating the first major piece of a new regional snowmobile trail.

The project in Hamilton County includes construction of a new 12-mile hub trail that would link the towns of Piseco and Speculator.

State officials say this project in the Jessup River area will be a model for a much larger snowmobile trail system now in development across the Park.

But critics on all sides say they're not sure this plan is workable or affordable. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Town of Keene mulling future of Old Mountain Road

The Town of Keene is considering a referendum this fall on the fate of a stretch of unused road that has been serving as a section of the Jackrabbit Ski trail. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
APA chairman Curt Stiles. APA photo
APA chairman Curt Stiles. APA photo

Adk snowmobile trail limit set at 848 miles

The Adirondack Park Agency has set a new limit on snowmobile trails that will affect "wild forest" land in the Park. The 848-mile ceiling, approved on Friday, drew fierce criticism from snowmobile riders. The reaction among pro-environment groups was more mixed, with some arguing that the limit leaves too much wiggle room. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
APA Chairman Curt Stiles (PHOTO: APA)
APA Chairman Curt Stiles (PHOTO: APA)

APA plans to adopt mileage cap for snowmobile trails

For Adirondack communities that rely on snowmobile tourism, next week's Park Agency meeting could play a big role in shaping their future. The APA is considering a proposal to formally adopt a limit on snowmobile trail miles, set at 848 miles. The cap would allow state officials to add roughly another 80 miles of trails on all state forest preserve land. But after that, any new trails would have to be offset by cuts in other parts of the park. The cap would affect any new forest preserve acquisitions, but wouldn't restrict trail miles on private land covered by conservation easements. Snowmobile clubs fiercely oppose the fixed limit. And some pro-environment groups say the cap still allows too much motorized recreation in the Park. The APA received more than fifty letters from snowmobilers opposing the mileage cap. The issue is on the APA agenda for March 13 meeting in Ray Brook. Brian Mann sat down to talk about the debate with Curt Stiles, who chairs the APA board. Stiles says next week's decision will clear up a muddle that has existed for more than thirty years.  Go to full article

State considers expansion of Adirondack snowmobile trails

State environmental officials are moving to scrap the decades-old cap on snowmobile trail miles in the Adirondack Park. DEC commissioner Pete Grannis says the change means there will be more sled trails inside the blue line. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

A strong tourism summer and high hopes for winter

There's no hard data available data yet, but tourism businesses across the North Country are reporting strong traffic and sales this summer. They were helped by great weather and by a favorable exchange rate with Canada. Brian Mann sat down with Hamilton County Tourism director Bill Osborne.  Go to full article

DEC Tallies Adk Snowmobile Trails

For the first time yesterday, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation released an official mileage tally for snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Park. Over the last five years, field crews mapped roughly 841 miles of roads and trails that cross over state land. As Brian Mann reports, the new tally is controversial, but could help in creation of a long-delayed snowmobile trail system.  Go to full article

Four Die in North Country Snowmobile Accidents

Four more snowmobile riders died over the weekend in the north country. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

APA & DEC To Discuss Champion Lands

The Adirondack Park Agency meets this morning in Ray Brook. As Brian Mann reports, commissioners and state DEC officials will talk about a recreation plan for Champion Easement lands.  Go to full article

APA Hears Boreal Forest Arguments

The Adirondack Park Agency held the first of five public meetings in Colton last night. The agency is gathering comments regarding the classification, or reclassification, of 78 parcels of forest land in the Adirondack Park. In St. Lawrence County, the focus is on one of them - a boreal forest that borders Carry Falls reservoir on the Raquette River. Environmentalists want to protect a rare habitat. ATV and snowmobile riders want access. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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