Hoffman Notch Wilderness plan presented to APA

— Additional management actions proposed by DEC in the UMP include:

— designating the path south of Big Pond as a DEC trail that connects to the Big Pond Trail, creating a hiking and cross country skiing loop trail system between Hoffman Road and Loch Muller Road;

— constructing foot bridges over Hoffman Notch Brook near north end of Hoffman Notch Trail and over East Branch on the Big Pond Trail;

— re-routing a quarter mile portion of Hoffman Notch Trail north of Big Marsh to west side of Hoffman Notch Brook;

— constructing an approximately 4-mile section of trail on eastern portion of unit connecting Hoffman Road with Route 9 which may also serve as part of the NCNST;

— constructing an improved parking area along the Blue Ridge Road to serve as the northern trailhead for the Hoffman Notch Trail;

— constructing an improved parking area with signs and trail register along west side of Route 9;

— designating two primitive tent sites on Big Pond and one primitive tent site on North Pond; and

— improving the accessibility of trails to Bailey Pond and a portion of the Big Pond trail.

Unit Management Plans are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of state land in the Adirondack Park. The plans integrate the goals and objectives of the State Land Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.

The plan is available for viewing or downloading from the Adirondack Park Agency website at: www.apa.ny.gov/State_Land/index.html.

Written comments can be sent to Jim Connolly, Deputy Director of Planning, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99 Ray Brook 12977.

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