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Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Seeks Wild Forest Classifcation

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The Five Towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification for the newly acquired 69.000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands. The lands are being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, publicly owned lands within the Adirondack Park. Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls on a promise made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the purchase of these lands will increase the economic opportunities of the 5-Towns by promoting unparalleled, all-access, year-round, four-season recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands. The 5-Towns propose motorized use on an already-established extensive network of logging roads including already established motorized, historical entries at Indian Lake and Newcomb. Vast recreational activities should be permitted including, but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling tracked grooming, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, seaplane activity and ATV riding.

In addition to promoting the active use of the lands, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks to preserve and maintain the Outer Gooley Farmhouse, and the Boreas Pond Lodge, which are historical brick and mortar assets available for immediate use and occupancy. These buildings have untapped potential and will afford opportunities including, but not limited to: working space for recreation, training, education, visitor information, outpost for rangers and safety personnel, or as a public facility to stage events or as lodging.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub recognizes land classification must be equal and fair to all citizens. Local entrepreneurial business owners must be afforded an economic benefit and see an increase in visitor traffic in all five-communities. Recreational opportunities must be all-inclusive and diverse to compete on a global stage.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks support from the public, property owners, residents, students and interested citizens of all ages to attend hearings and have their voices heard. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks the newly acquired property to benefit all residents and visitors of New York State and not just an elite few. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub vehemently believes in order to achieve the greatest economic benefit there must be maximum use of those lands, including motorized use to provide easy, up close access to ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and trails by all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped, disabled and physically challenged.
The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub fervently stands by their position that there is no other suitable classification for these public lands other than Wild Forest.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub invites the public to attend the hearings and support their position.

Following is the full schedule:
June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.
June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.
June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.
July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.


Snowmobile Safety

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Snowmobile Map

Vintage Racing Long Lake

Sledding on Jennings Park Pond Long Lake

With winter comes recreational opportunities Long Lake continues to embrace. We are moving forward and building up our economic strength with our infusion into our snowmobile program including the purchase of a new groomer slated for 2010 if it has board approval.

In addition to continuing to maintain our trails we need to continue to lobby to get our snowmobile trails OFF THE LAKES. This is not a convenience issue, it is a life or death issue.

Each year we invite visitors to sled on our trails and we are encouraged to promote tourism of snowmobiling, but due to regulations and land use limitations we are unable to get these important snowmobile trails off our lakes.

Locally in our town there are those of us who have been personally touched by tragedy and the loss of someone on a lake, whether a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a rescue worker who has worked tirelessly to bring these victims to safety.

We must, as a community accept that snowmobiling is part of our economy, but we need to examine our responsibility as a community and continue to pursue our lawmakers and implore them to get our trails off the lakes. Not only would we be safer, we would finally be opening up promised corridors that would broaden our economic efforts to build winter tourism traffic and inject our local businesses with the much needed jolt and support it needs.

We have fourteen weekends of snowmobile traffic which is 28 days of commerce, but families won’t come here with their young children and put them at risk to sled on a lake.

Please consider writing the following people to lobby for our trails:

Trails in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are:
C8B
C8
C78
C7
S86

Please implore the DEC to open up Sargeants Pond Snowmobile trails to connect Raquette and Long Lake. Get the sleds off of our lakes! Save lives!

Betsy Lowe
Region 5 Director
Ray Brook Headquarters – DEC
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Albany Office
506 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2811

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
District Office
5 Warren Street
Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Plattsburgh Office
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430
Email: little@senate.state.ny.us

Assemblywoman
Teresa R. Sayward
113th Assembly District
DISTRICT OFFICE
7559 Court St. Rm. 203
PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
518-873-3803

Teresa R. Sayward
DISTRICT OFFICE
140 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
518-792-4546

Teresa R. Sayward
ALBANY OFFICE
LOB 940
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-5565
To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

518-474-8390
To contact New York Senators in Washington
http://schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm
http://gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/