Again, it should be pointed out that these are only ideas that DEC has mapped out after meeting with various stakeholders. There is still much to do for them to be realized.
“We’re in the process of finalizing a report to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA),” Martin said. “We make a recommendation to the agency (APA), they handle the public hearing process and then they make a recommendation to the governor.”
In the end, DEC feels the ideas they’ve gathered for the future of these lands are fair to all recreational interests.
“The environmental community on one side is not to get everything they want,” Martin said. “The hook and bullet guys, the motorized access folks at the other end who want access, they’re not going to get everything they want. We think we’re some place in the middle. We think we have a good approach.”
Dan Ladd is the author of “Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks,” outdoors editor for the Glens Falls Chronicle, columnist for Outdoors Magazine and contributor to New York Outdoor News. Contact him at www.adkhunter.com.