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Public input sought for Sable Highlands meeting

SARANAC - A new draft plan for recreational uses of the Sable Highlands in the northeastern Adirondacks includes proposals to construct camping sites, improve old and create new hiking trails, enhance fishing access and open two new mountain biking routes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regional director Betsy Lowe recently announced.

The Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands consist of approximately 84,000 acres of land in the towns of Ellenburg and Saranac in Clinton County, and Bellmont and Franklin in Franklin County.

"The plan outlines extensive and varied recreational opportunities, including motorized recreation, on the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands," said Lowe. "DEC is pleased to have worked with Chateaugay Woodlands and the Nature Conservancy in developing public access on these lands, while protecting the natural resources and retaining timber management jobs."

A public meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saranac Town Hall, 3662 State Route 3. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the plan, technically known as the Interim Recreation Management Plan.

DEC will accept written comments until Monday, June 1. Comments may be sent to Sean Reynolds, Forester NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook N.Y. 12977, or e-mailed to r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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