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April 12, 2013

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“You had some groups that said OK and some that said, ‘We’re not going to play in that sandbox.’ Overall, I don’t think any group walked away completely happy. Snowmobilers got much narrower trails than they asked for.”

ECONOMIC IMPACT

At stake is the nature of winter corridors that carry hundreds of millions of dollars into isolated local communities.

The Snowmobile Association finished an economic study of its sport in spring of 2012.

“We found $868 million in total economic activity is generated from the sport, and 28 percent of entire activity in the state takes place in the Adirondack Park,” Jacangelo said.

“The economic impact in the Adirondacks is $245 million.”

Connector trails were designed as year-round, multi-use trails, he said.

“The intention is for horses, bicycles and hikers to have access to these trails. These are in Wild Forest areas and allow for the most diverse recreational uses in the park.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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