The future scenario has park residents living off the land to sustain themselves.
“So we want to take advantage of these unique situation that we have here — a mix of public and private land together — that we can use the public lands for recreation, we can use the private lands for sustainable harvesting of trees, for growing our own food and raising animals,” Herman said.
But Moriah Town Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava said he does not agree with the back-to-nature scenario Herman and Mason are advocating.
“How do we retain the people that have been here for generations? I mean, farming and growing your own food, chopping your own wood? They want us to live like we are back in 1880.”
Herman said they’re just trying to come up with what would be successful in the Adirondack Park.
Another part of the effort would be to improve the tourism infrastructure, he said.
“There has not been a lot of investment. Most of the properties are kind of tattered, and in many places in the park there are not good places to eat, there are not good places to stay, there are not the amenities that visitors today want.”
The area needs to attract a more diverse set of visitors, he said.
“We also want to add more things that visitors can spend money on. The traditional image of a tourist in the Adirondack Park is a backpacker. He doesn’t stay in a hotel room. He hardly buys anything except maybe a pizza or a sandwich.
“We would like to attract those people still, but we would like to attract a new kind of visitor, someone who wants to stay in a nice place and go out for a nice meal, go and do some shopping and go to a couple of museums.”