The purchase and protection of Adirondack lands is surely not a new concept, nor are the continued need for such actions. Residents struggled with such efforts over a century ago, as they still do. Most local residents have been raised on a steady anti-APA diet. This thought came to me as my cell phone rang on three occasions while recently traveling along the Northway from Schroon Lake to Glens Falls. I actually had service!
In many cases, the anti-APA concept has become so ingrained, it is no longer questioned. But, in reality, the need is still there, for without it, the same story to be written in 2098 may begin, "If only the Adirondack forest had been properly protected...."
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org