APA reaches compromise on Moose River Plains

But the increased complexities of Booth's proposed changes didn't set well with everyone - especially Dan Plumley of the green group Forever Wild.

Plumley argues that the increased management requirements due to the change aren't realistic.

"On the day when pink slips are being distributed to all DEC regions throughout the state, when we have not even one full-time ranger watching the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, we now have one unit being divided into four state land units," he said.

As proposed, Moose River Plains would also feature an intensive use area corridor along the Limkiln-Cedar River Road running through much of the wild forest.

The road is a favorite annual destination for thousands of roadside campers. The plan would also allow continued float plane access to three of the ponds in the massive state holding.

And Plumley argues the state is paying too much attention to the user groups and not enough to the environment.

"No one is speaking about the need to protect the natural resources. There has been no discussion about invasive species or wilderness issues," he said.

But not all environmental groups are as unhappy with the Moose River Plains proposal. The Adirondack Council, for example, has expressed some concerns with the plan, but said it wasn't going to fight it.

Local governments are largely pleased with the new plan for Moose River Plains - especially considering the much more restrictive plan first proposed in 2005.

Inlet Supervisor John Frye expressed his support.

"I think it is a step towards compromise. Obviously, it's not what everybody wants, but that's not a possibility," he said. "As far as the town of Inlet, local government or the user groups, it's an appeasement step."

The state received some 750 comment letters addressing all aspects of the proposal.

As part of the creation of the management plan state regulators reached out to local governments, green groups and representatives from numerous outdoor recreational communities, like mountain bikers.

And although saying it isn't perfect, Indian Lake Supervisor Barry Hutchins said his concerns were heard and considered.

"I believe I was actually listened to on this one," he said. "It's a nice change."

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