Saturday, December 15, 2007

North Country Trail Adirondack Plan Comments Needed!

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You may know North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) as a popular place to hike in west Michigan. There are over 100 miles of off-road trail in the Manistee National Forest. But the trail does not end there. It extends across seven states from New York to North Dakota. For years the trail has sought a route through the Adirondack Park in New York State.

Recently the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the North Country National Scenic Trail Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan and Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The DEC is seeking public input on this Plan.

The North Country Trail Association would like to see the NCT planned and integrated into the Adirondack Park and we support the central route of approximately 140 miles that has been proposed within this Plan. We need people to submit supportive comments on this Plan and encourage its implementation.

Outlined here are Key Points you can make to support the creation of the Trail in the Park. Please feel free to copy and paste these Key Points into your comments. We encourage you to submit personal comments as well.

Key Points to Make in Your Comments
  • I am supportive of the North Country National Scenic Trail being routed through the central region of the Adirondack Park.
  • This Trail Plan has determined the best overall route for the Trail across the Park and requires the least amount of new trail construction of all identified and viable trail alternatives.
  • This proposed route will intersect 9 units of public land in the Adirondacks and should be integrated into those unit management plans as appropriate.
  • The proposed central route identified in this Plan is a route befitting a congressionally designated national scenic trail and invites the hiker to experience the spectacular central region of the Adirondack Park.
Comments will be accepted until January 4, 2008.

by Clare Cain, Director of Trail Management, North Country Trail Association

Click here to link to the NY DEC website to review the Plan and to submit comments.
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