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APA rebuts Monroe criticism

Local officials have long argued that that state's ever-increasing amount of publicly owned land is limiting the ability of the park's communities to remain economically viable, while simultaneously limiting access to state lands to only certain kinds of outdoor activities popular among specific demographics.

For his part, McKeever doesn't agree with this interpretation or Monroe's representation of land-use data.

"Last year, the agency rendered a SLMP interpretation that actually allows for the potential increase of snowmobile trail mileage by 15 percent over current levels," he said. "There is an ongoing need for accurate representation of the facts, regardless of opinions, to facilitate a positive and constructive dialogue to ensure outcomes that are beneficial to the Adirondack Park's people, communities and environment."

The agency Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the Lows Lake reclassification this coming Friday.

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