But state DOT Regional II Director Michael Shamma said that the FHWA was re-drafting their national standards as they do periodically, and they were likely to listen to the opinions of area officials.
The brown and yellow signs have been used since the 1920s by the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation to designate their facilities as well as natural landmarks. This DEC color scheme pre-dates all national parks, he said.
"Absolutely no one would deny that the Adirondacks and Catskills are very special places and those signs are part of our cultural heritage," he said.
Monroe said he hopes that the FHWA officials respect that heritage.
"They should get the information out to the public then solicit opinion, rather than the normal governmental routine in which they determine policy, then seek public input.