A coalition of environmental groups is urging Governor Cuomo to protect the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Tract, as well as thousands of acres of other wild lands in the Adirondack Park. The Town Supervisors in several communities surrounding the 20-thousand acre Boreas Ponds Tract say it is a natural wonder that should be opened to the public. They want to expand access by allowing bikes, snowmobiles, and some motor vehicle traffic to boost tourism. The coalition of green groups, led by the Adirondack Council, wants the majority of the former Finch Paper timberlands, purchased from the Nature Conservancy, to be classified as "wilderness" and off-limits to motorized vehicles and mountain bikes. The coalition, called Be Wild NY, has released a video voiced by actress Sigourney Weaver, that calls on Governor Cuomo to support placing 30-thousand acres of land in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park under "wilderness" protection. The Adirondack Park Agency will hold public hearings on how those lands should be classified beginning in November.
See Adirondack Council & BeWildNY's proposal: www.adirondackcouncil.org
See Adirondack Region Town Supervisors' proposal: www.accessadk.com