Border security act trumps environment

"Concentrating all that power in the hands of Homeland Security is bad public policy,” said Adirondack Council Spokesman John Sheehan. “Just in general it’s bad government.”

Sheehan said that while sizeable chunk of the Adirondack Park is within 100 miles of the Canadian border, very little of it is federal land.

One hundred miles is probably the northern two thirds of the park,” Sheehan said. “There aren’t a whole lot of federal lands in the Adirondack Park, but they do exist in other places along the Canadian border.”

So for the time being it does not appear that the exigencies of border security will change the backcountry very much, at least in the Adirondacks.

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