‘VICTORY FOR THE PARK’
At the Adirondack Council, Executive Director William Janeway said the addition of 1,500 acres to state forestland is a win for the park.
“It shows that voters value the environmental and economic benefits of the state’s 6 million-acre Adirondack Park. They share our vision of an Adirondack Park that works best when its wild character is protected and its small towns and hamlets are vibrant and alive,” Janeway said in a news release Wednesday.
“We thank all our partners and supporters for assisting in this victory for the park and its communities,” he said.
“Now we can together focus on other strategies that don’t require constitutional amendments but do combine additional protection of waters and land and enhancement of the wild forest character of the state’s largest park, including actions that foster vibrant communities and sustainable jobs.”
Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, was among the most outspoken environmental leaders against Proposition 5.
“Protect the Adirondacks is heartened by the over (one) million New Yorkers who voted ‘no’ on Proposition 5 and voted to defend the Forest Preserve,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
“Despite overwhelming odds in favor of its passage, Proposition 5 turned out to be a real contest. In practical terms,” he said, “this was a split decision. Proposition 5 was the most closely contested of the six constitutional amendments given to voters this year and the most closely contested in decades.”
Bauer believes the decision will weaken the Forever Wild stance in state land preservation — the Article 14 clause that governs use and protection of the Adirondack and Catskills Parks.
Proposition 4 was approved by a 72 percent margin on Election Day.
The voter OK clears land title to more than 200 parcels in Hamilton County, allowing landowners in Raquette Lake and Long Lake to end longstanding ownership disputes tagged to survey errors in the 1800s.