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August 27, 2013

Creating Wilderness boundaries



APA Staff Economic Analyst Dan Kelleher presented economic indicators of added tourism impacts to APA commissioners in August.

“Land classification primarily impacts the supply of potential recreation opportunities and only in a limited way affects demand,” he said in summary. 

“It’s very difficult to predict if overall Adirondack (recreational) participation is going to go up or stay the same.

“We also recognize that local municipalities do gain a marketable asset. Every classification offers recreational opportunities as developed by DEC through the Unit Management planning process.”

But what APA defines as the scientific order for land-use regulation will drive that plan.

And several infrastructure hurdles are involved.


Indian Lake’s legal review emphasized “in the strongest possible terms” the need for motorized access — “especially on … Chain Lakes Road from Route 28/30 to the Cedar River. Such access is absolutely essential to enable visitors and residents to pursue recreational opportunities on these newly acquired state lands.”

Hill said the Chain Lakes Road is a town road. It winds from the tip of Lake Abanakee in Indian Lake north to the Gooley Club Road.

“In September of 1888, the Town Board ordered that a highway be laid out to the width of 3 rods in the described location of Chain Lakes Road,” the town’s attorney told APA.

“The road was included in what became known as the Town’s Highway Road District #24.”

Hill reminded commissioners that the road is protected in the APA’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

“The towns of Minerva and Indian Lake have a non-exclusive right to provide for public motorized access ... This easement clearly anticipated the continuing public nature and use of Chain Lakes Road into the interiors of the lands to be classified.”

The towns also preserved rights for floatplane access to two ponds at the edge of the Essex Chain tract in the original land agreement.

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