The State released its update of the Open Space Conservation Plan in November (it has been required to update it every 3 years). While the opportunity to attend a public hearing has passed, public comments on the Draft will be accepted until 4:45 p.m. January 18, 2006. Written statements and questions regarding the Plan may be directed to Francis Sheehan, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4250. A copy of the plan (a massive document) is posted on DEC’s web site at www.dec.state.ny.us. Chapter VI summarizes the priority projects under consideration throughout the state.
If you are considering a paddle on the Jordan River or are curious about debate
over the APA’s recent land classification proposals involving the Raquette
River Boreal Forest, there is a very good article in the November/ December
2005 issue of the Adirondack Explorer. It provides a description of a recent
trip to the area with information on how to access it and what you’ll
find there. The APA proposed a compromise solution that could allow motorized
access in the western Wild Forest area while ‘protecting’ the eastern
area as Primitive. While there is pressure from Colton town supervisor, Hank
Ford, to open the Wild Forest portion to snowmobiles and ATVs, that decision
depends on the state’s land use master plan for the area. As the Governor
is yet to sign off on the classification proposals, there is speculation that
Pataki may ask the APA to revise them. The future of the Jordan River Valley,
a rare example of beautiful Canadian taiga, remains unresolved.