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APA hearings begin on former Finch land

— “Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks,” the post states. “Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands.“

Public comment

Please submit all written comments by July 19 to: James Connolly, APA Deputy Director - Planning, Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977. The phone number is 891-4050, fax number is 891-3938 and email address is apa_slmp@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Tracts of land

These unique and adventurous opportunities will attract more visitors to Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake, Newcomb and Minerva. Tourists will utilize these communities for accommodations, supplies and guiding services.

•The Essex Chain of Lakes and Hudson River: With 11 lakes and ponds interconnected or within portaging distance of each other, the Essex Chain will provide an outstanding canoe route and a much anticipated paddling experience. A long history of fish stocking that includes brook trout and landlocked salmon will ensure outstanding fishing. A five-mile stretch of the Hudson River runs along the east side of the Essex Chain parcel, completing an uninterrupted, “forever wild” stretch. The Essex Chain tract provides a premier opportunity for hunting, day rafting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, overnight river trips, and camping.

•Indian River Tract, Towns of Indian Lake and Minerva, Hamilton and Essex Counties: One of the most exciting and popular whitewater rafting experiences in the Adirondacks starts on the Indian River and continues for nearly 15 miles down the Hudson River Gorge. The addition of this 940-acre tract to the Forest Preserve will preserve this wild experience for future generations. The tract is critical to enhancing rafting operations that draw over 25,000 people annually to this region. It is also a key tract in promoting new recreational opportunities by providing long-awaited access and take-out points that will make the upper Hudson River to the north a viable option for paddlers wishing to experience calmer waters but avoid the class III/ IV rapids of the Hudson River Gorge.

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