Lake group opposed DEC plan

TICONDEROGA - The FUND for Lake George and Lake George Waterkeeper have sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation urging that it rescind a decision to end trash collection from the Lake George Islands public campsite areas on Lake George, some of the most heavily used public camping areas in the Adirondack Park.

The DEC has long collected garbage and recyclables from designated locations from among the Lake George islands and transported this material to shore for disposal. The 387 boat-access-only campsites on the islands and shoreline of Lake George are managed through the state reservation system that costs the public $25 per day. See letter to NYSDEC attached.

"The DEC regularly handles controversial issues as part of the development of a Unit Management Plan. This was done recently with the Jessup River Wild Forest Area and is currently underway with the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. Ending trash collection is a major policy change. This decision deserves public scrutiny and public comment that the UMP development process provides. We encourage the DEC to step back and formally evaluate the broad range of impacts from this change in policy" said Peter Bauer, executive director of the FUND for Lake George.

"The camping experience on Lake George is fundamentally different from other carry-in/carry-out locations around the Adirondack Park. This is an Intensive Use area where people pay for and reserve campsites. The fees charged are already higher than some other Intensive Use areas. The majority of campsites are accessed by campers using powerboats. This allows for them to bring more supplies and to easily resupply their stays, which are often a week or more. The DEC has built a program to protect the lake's natural resources because of the heavy use the area receives. We believe that this service should continue" said Chris Navitsky, the Lake George Waterkeeper.

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