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Tupper Lake tower, recreational trails top APA agenda

July 8, 2015
By staff , Lake Placid News

RAY BROOK - A controversial plan to create community-connector snowmobile trails in Essex County and a proposed emergency communications tower in Tupper Lake are among the agenda items at this week's state Adirondack Park Agency board meeting.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation's Community Connector Trail Unit Management Plan is set to come before the agency's State Land Committee at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 9.

It outlines proposals for multi-use recreational trails and campsites that would link the communities of North Hudson, Newcomb and Minerva. The plan would amend the 2005 Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest UMP, the 1995 Lake Harris Public Campground UMP and the 2000 Camp Santanoni Historic Area UMP, according to an APA press release.

The environmental group Protect the Adirondacks issued a statement Tuesday, July 7 calling on the APA to reject the plan. Protect said the proposed construction of a snowmobile trail and bridge across the Boreas River, a classified Scenic River, would violate the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act.

"This is a case of the APA and DEC working closely together to ignore requirements of New York's Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act that prohibit motorized uses in classified 'Scenic' River corridors and require that new trails only be four feet in width," Protect director Peter Bauer said in the release. "In essence, DEC is violating its own laws."

It will be up to the APA to determine whether the Community Connector Trail UMP conforms to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

In other business, the Regulatory Programs Committee will meet Thursday afternoon to consider a proposal from the village of Tupper Lake to build a new 80.5-foot-tall, self-supporting lattice tower for emergency communications. The tower would be located behind the new Tupper Lake Emergency Services Building, a new home for the village police and fire departments that is under construction on Santa Clara Avenue.

This month's APA meeting is one day only on Thursday. For the full agenda, visit



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