The New York Times shared a recent article regarding wildlife research that shows that recreationists do indeed have an impact on wildlife even in winter. Check it out HERE.
After a trails meeting in Tupper Lake today my colleague, Joe Dadey, and I hiked up nearby Coney Mt. We noted that of the four cars in the parking lot two were from out of state. One from Florida and one from Alaska. Seeing the ADK license, we were not surprised that the mother and daughter from Alaska were also summer residents of Tupper Lake.
It was a great day to be outdoors!
Having hiked Goodman Mountain a month earlier we pondered the idea of Tupper Lake creating their own version of the Saranac Lake 6er Program. Perhaps they could call it the Tupper Lake Ten. It might include:
Some of these are on private land and if they aren't viable perhaps others could be substituted. I know that I have been to the top of seven of theses peaks and they are generally very easy and have great views. It would complement the Saranac Lake 6er Program nicely.
What do you think?
I wanted to hike up Goodman Mt as soon as I read about the trail dedication last week. I was fifteen years old when Andrew Goodman and his two young colleagues went missing. The movie Mississippi Burning brought it all back when it came out in 1988. Andrew Goodman and his colleagues were true American heroes. The least I could do was climb the mountain named in his memory. My colleagues Joe Dadey and Duane Gould joined me on this short (3.2 miles round trip) fairly easy (<600 ft ascent) climb. I encourage you to do the same and try to think back to 1964 and think if you would have been brave enough to do what Andrew Goodman and many other young men and women of that era did.
Story to follow soon.
Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Draft Unit Management Plan
Public Comment Opportunity
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will be accepting comments on the Draft UMP until July 25, 2014.
Complete information can be found by clicking here to open the DEC page about this plan.
Doug's formal comments to the DEC are posted below. Be sure to send your own comments before the 7/25/2014 deadline.
The Backcountry Classroom is now available in digital format for use on the digital reader of your choice. Check it out HERE.
A reader of my blog post Rails AND Trails - It Can’t Be Done...or Can it? asked the question, “Is it feasible to connect the Northville-Lake Placid Trail to a trail alongside the railroad tracks?” I took a look at the map and sure enough it would be quite easy to extend the Northville-Lake Placid Trail 1.25 miles across the Averyville Road through the Saranac Lake Wild Forest and have it join the rail corridor. When the Lake Placid to Saranac Lake trail alongside the tracks gets built (I’m forever the optimist) and planned changes to the trail in Northville are completed, it would allow hikers to hike from Northville to Lake Placid OR Saranac Lake without having to walk along a highway, and start and finish in communities whereas right now you have to hike nearly three miles alongside roads to get to the center of Lake Placid. If the 1.25 mile extension were built and the trail alongside the tracks were built, hikers could walk 3 miles to the Lake Placid Railroad Station or 8 miles to the Saranac Lake Railroad Station. Both routes would be through woods and along the railroad tracks and avoid roads completely. Kind of a neat idea that continues to build on the possible synergy between the railroad and trails.
The latest from the Adirondack Explorer. I have no problems with Tony's opinions but he has a couple of minor facts wrong. I am not chair of TRAC nor was TRAC created at a Tupper Lake meeting. It was created at a meeting in Lake Clear.
I'll let you decide for yourself whether you think trains and trails can co-exist.
I've been an advocate of more recreational trails throughout the park for a long time. I also feel that we’ll be cheated if we don’t try our damnedest to try to have a rail and trail, side by side where possible and intersecting when not.
In a March 16 letter to the Utica Observer Dispatch respected trail advocate Tony Goodwin noted that a rail with trail, “… is not physically possible” and that “Periodically leaving the corridor is so far just talk. A year ago, Tupper Lake rail supporters formed a committee to look at a parallel trail from Tupper Lake to the campground at Rollins Pond. I know committee members made field inspections, but so far there’s no plan showing that a parallel trail could feasibly be built.”
I decided to take a deeper look. I talked with some folks from Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake who have explored the rail corridor in greater detail than I have. I took their information and combined it with my own experience and I made a map of a possible trail from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. You will note a few specific things:
Note: The blue shows the rail corridor and red shows the trail route. All boundaries and the route are approximate. I don't pretend to have any expertise in GIS or cartography.
Have at it folks. What do you think?
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Jack along with colleague Mark Wagstaff are working on digitizing Bruce Bonney and Jack's first book and have initiated a Kickstarter Project to get it going. We have had great success but the more we can raise the more we can do. Read about our stretch goal Here