DEC calls for removal of two fire towers

"We've only found three sites, all in Essex County, to save as something of historic importance," Monroe said. "Residents like these things. There's ways to maintain them that won't cost the state any money and I think we should consider that."

Using private money, local citizen action groups have restored several of the remaining towers, including the now potentially doomed St. Regis structure.

According to a DEC study released this month, of the 57 towers originally located in the park, 34 remain and 24 are located on public land or lands under state easements. DEC has removed six towers from Adirondack mountaintops over the last decade.

Guglielmi said that although the two towers slated for demolition are considered historic, they can still be removed as long as the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is consulted first.

A public hearing regarding the proposed Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area UMP will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Keene Central School.

A similar hearing concerning the proposed amendments to the St. Regis UMP will be at the Paul Smith's College Freer Science building, also on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Following the hearings, the proposed UMP amendments will return to the APA board for consideration.

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