Mary Coffin & Kathy Disque Co Chair
1. 2017 remaining meetings: 8/26 ADK LOJ, 11/4 ALBANY
2. Resolution in recognition of Eleanor Brown: Passed away in March, member of ADK Conservation Committee 1974-1994, also served as chair, editor Adirondac 1967-1973, recipient of ADK Communications Award, author of The Forest Preserve of NYS 1985, served on APA Commission 1994-98.
3. Boreas Classification/ Glamping?? ADK is opposed to platform tents with sleeping for 24, yurts and temporary dining facility on Forest Preserve land. The current Adirondac article sites the illegality of this and precedents. ADK has no problem with camping facilities on private land. It is suspected that the APA will reserve 5 acres as unclassified, 1 mile form ponds, when it makes its final classification decision this summer so that glamor camping/intensive use might occur in Boreas Ponds Unit Nov-Mar. NYS would have to manage and staff this facility and is not permitted to subcontract.
4. North Hudson gateway projects: The Governor is promoting ($32M) extensive development at North Hudson, I87 exit 29, former Frontier Town site, private land, 85 acres. Proposals include campground, visitor center, golf course, snowmobile trailer parking and trail access, hiking/xc skiing, Mt bike and horse trails, lodging, food, brewery etc. It will be considered a gateway to Boreas Ponds, Essex Chain Schroon Lake area and possible draw away from the heavily used High Peaks.
5. Invasive Species Training: ADK continues to offer training for adults and youth. Check the website for dates and locations: 7/10 and 8/4.
6. Local Issue, blacktop or stone dust on Erie Canal towpath between Chittenango and Canastota: Most at public hearing opposed black top and if any surface improvement only fine stone dust for reasons related to: historic preservation, health and safety of pedestrians, environmental impact/rain run off, lack of water quality for paddling as a greater need for funding.
7. Wakley Mt Fire tower trail: Closed because the tower is in danger of collapse.
8. Mud Season Warning: DEC urges hikers to stay below 2,500 ft during mud season and while snow and ice is unstable..
9. Other topics included: Bridge replacements on Otter Lake Truck Trail in HADARONDAH Wilderness, Catskill Park updates, State Budget updates (FP land bank for municipal projects, right to clean water and air, wetland protections, Blue Hole LNT education, logging prevented in Mattison Hollow SF near the Taconic Trail.