APA hearings end on former Finch land

Many favor Wilderness classification at NYC hearing

Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook

Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “So the idea that there are enough motor-free lakes, or that we need more lakes for motors, seems absurd to me and it seems unfair that we have to go so far,” Oreck said. ”The winter is the same deal. We ski in our area, but basically we don’t go to Old Forge.”

Oreck said he stays away from cross-country skiing in Old Forge because of the abundance of snowmobiles.

“Maybe there have been improvements in snowmobile technology in the past few years, but when you get packs of 50 machines using petroleum, it’s going to have a major impact,” Oreck said. “We can hear them from 3 to 5 miles away, depending on the wind. So that’s a pretty big buffer when you look at this area and you think where might I be standing on my skis in solitude and peace where I couldn’t hear snowmobiles going on ... It changes the experience.”

Mary Beth Mylott has roots in the Essex County town of Moriah but has lived throughout the state all her life. For the past 18 years, she’s been a resident of the Bronx and works as a registered nurse. And she listed Bolton Landing as her address on the sign-in sheet at the public hearing.

“So I feel like I’m a New York Stater, not a New Yorker, because people think of that as the city,” Mylott said. “But all this time while I pursued my career south of the Blue Line, I’ve always felt ... that some place up there, there’s wilderness, and as a New York Stater, I can claim a part of that. It’s part of me.”

Mylott likes Alternative 1A and watched the archived webcast of the June 12 public hearing at Ray Brook. While living in places like New York City, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Albany, Troy and Kingston, she’s seen a lot of development.

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