APA LAND CLASSIFICATION
AATV SUPPORTS ALTERNATIVE 1 for BOREAS PONDS TRACT
AATV is steadfast in the position that Alternative 1 is the
only classification that both protects the environment and allows reasonable
access for all ages and abilities, including the physically fit and disabled. This
mix of both Wild Forest and Wilderness classification outlined in Alternative 1
creates a balance of protection for sensitive lands and recreational use of
existing infrastructure (logging roads).
The Five Towns have significantly compromised to support this
classification. Any other alternative
proposed will extinguish both tourism and new economic opportunities for the
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Adirondack Park Agency Commissioners recommend proposed land
classifications to Governor Cuomo, according to the guidelines and criteria of
the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP). Governor Cuomo may then accept, modify, or reject
the APA recommendation.
2016 - 2017 Amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan involving the Classification and Reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands in the Adirondack Park which include the Boreas Ponds Tract, 32 Additional Classification Proposals, 13 Reclassification Proposals, and 56 Classifications involving map corrections. For specific details and maps please visit: http://apa.ny.gov/
We believe that many of the properties under review have the characteristics and capacity to be considered "Wild Forest" and should be classified as such. A "Wild Forest" classification allows for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities, and a range of recreational activities that expands the numbers of people who may be attracted to our region. With broad recreation options comes increased visitors and economic survival for our local communities
New York State's acquisition, and responsible recreational management, of Adirondack properties can attract more visitors to the region and strengthen the economies of small Adirondack towns - if those properties are reasonably accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
The classification process determines only the universe of public uses that may be allowed on the property. Final decisions on specific allowable uses, and appropriate environmental safeguards, are not determined until the Unit Management Plan process. We encourage the Park Agency to establish classifications that allow for reasonable access for people of all ages and abilities based upon the history and characteristics of each individual property, and to use the UMP process to apply appropriate environmental safeguards.