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FIELD NOTES: SAFEGUARDING THE WILD

Limit Motor Vehicles and Traffic on the way to Boreas Ponds. Keep it Wild !

By David Gibson


First Pond, facing Mts. Marcy, Skylight and Haystack

Earlier this year the NYS Adirondack Park Agency and Governor Andrew Cuomo ignored the wishes of Adirondack Wild and thousands of New Yorkers to consider an all-Wilderness alternative for Boreas Ponds. Instead, APA classified the 7-mile Gulf Brook Road leading all the way to LaBier Flow and Boreas Ponds as Wild Forest.  That Wild Forest corridor could allow the public to drive motor vehicles through the Wilderness practically to the shoreline of Boreas Ponds, now part of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. 

But our NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) doesn’t have to allow that. There are choices to be made in a future management plan.

For two years, people of all abilities have parked their cars and trucks and managed to reach Boreas Ponds from the existing parking lot 3.5 miles away. The public has come to expect a natural experience on their way to Boreas Ponds. They expect to experience bird song and wind in the trees, not road dust, throbbing motors, slamming car doors.  Two-way car and truck traffic and constant road maintenance would bring trash, noise, invasive species, obstacles to wildlife, and risk to people walking or wheeling their boats on the narrow road.

Here are Adirondack Wild’s press release and comment letter to DEC.

The comment period may have ended on April 20, but don’t let that stop you from adding your thoughts about the future of Boreas Ponds by writing to DEC: R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.
Thank you !



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