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December 17, 2013

Cuomo to OK Adirondack recreation plan

PLATTSBURGH — ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to designate most of 42,000 acres of new state land in the central Adirondack Mountains as wilderness or primitive areas where motors are prohibited, while authorizing some new snowmobile routes.

Cuomo says he'll sign the land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency. He says they provide a balanced approach for recreation and protecting the former Finch, Pruyn timberlands.

A 23,494-acre Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area and 9,894-acre Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lake primitive areas will be created. Land in between will be designated wild forest, with trails on existing roads expected to connect Indian Lake, Newcomb and Minerva for snowmobiling and mountain biking.

Planes will be able to land on First and Pine lakes, with one road into the Essex Chain for handicapped access.

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