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Old 12-20-2017, 06:45 PM   #1
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Status of snowmobile connector trails

I didn't catch the recent development on this issue until just now. Apparently a state judge dismissed the lawsuit initiated by Protect ADK's and the DEC has the go-ahead to continue with the snowmobile community connector trails.

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/o...ed-adirondacks

I had never really looked into where the DEC was proposing to put these trails, but based on the map I found over at ADK Almanack, the trails seem to closely parallel existing roads in the Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson areas: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2...-approved.html
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:01 PM   #2
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Here's DEC's plan...
http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/cctp.pdf
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:05 PM   #3
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Thanks.
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Old 12-20-2017, 07:12 PM   #4
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Will the creation of these trails result in closing of others? I thought there was a cap or something on the mileage?
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:30 PM   #5
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I had never really looked into where the DEC was proposing to put these trails, but based on the map I found over at ADK Almanack, the trails seem to closely parallel existing roads in the Newcomb, Minerva, North Hudson areas: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2...-approved.html
Looks like there’s no need for a “connector trail” to & from LeBiere Flow.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #6
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Looks like there’s no need for a “connector trail” to & from LeBiere Flow.
No need but I'm sure there will be a lot of whining if it's not provided.

"Forever motorized?"

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Old 12-21-2017, 03:47 PM   #7
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No need but I'm sure there will be a lot of whining if it's not provided.
There has been a lot of whining on both sides.

A lot of full-time residents up there are inclined to see these connector trails get built for the added snowmobile traffic (and associated tourist spending) they will bring. How much more spending is up for debate, but every little bit counts for some of these towns that pretty much shut down in the dead of winter.

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"Forever motorized?"
'Forever wild' does not preclude motorized traffic in certain areas of the park (Wild Forest for example). The snowmobile traffic will be mostly limited to the main traffic corridors; there is no lack of motor-free areas in the adjacent Wild Forest for the snowshoers and skiers to enjoy. I really don't think anyone's recreational habits are going to be adversely affected by this plan, despite all the commotion it has caused.
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DEC's plan outlines two alternatives for a N. Hudson to Newcomb trail. One would involve tree cutting, but parallel Blue Ridge Road. The other would use the existing Gulf Brook and Trout Pond Roads, and turns southwest towards the Tahawus Club just past LaBier Flow. One of the classification plans for Boreas Ponds called for allowing a snowmobile trail around the ponds. We'll see what happens whenever the APA makes a decision.
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