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Turtles, turtles everywhere

Notes from the North Woods

It has been a very wet and truly wild week in the woods, but in between the raindrops there was a lot of fun to be had, and the wildlife has been abundant. Black flies have been brutal, while dragonflies have been busy and turtles have been everywhere, depositing their eggs on sandy shorelines.

For interested parties who may have missed the notice, the Adirondack Park Agency has also been busy hosting meetings to determine land classifications for several parcels of wild lands recently acquired from The Nature Conservancy.

Among the parcels is a vast tract of land near Newcomb that was the longtime home of The Gooley Club, a sportsman’s club of the first order.

There is also a newly purchased tract that holds great promise for providing a safe takeout for paddlers, anglers and others who wish to journey on a comfortable flat water float trip along the remote upper sections of the Hudson River.

There is a possibility the tract will be classified appropriately to allow motorized access to a ‘take out ‘site’ so that paddlers can exit the river just above the wild Hudson River Gorge.

The potential of access to and from the Hudson stillwater may provide a vital increase in usage which would bring more visitors to the small town of Newcomb.

The Hudson River stillwater take out is necessary for casual paddlers who don’t car to tackle the heavy waters of the raging Hudson River Gorge.

The Agency has issued a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed classification of State lands in Essex and Hamilton Counties. The Agency has proposed seven classification alternatives for these lands. Public comment is invited until July 19, 2013.

The APA has already hosted hearings at their offices in Ray Brook, as well as in Newcomb, Indian Lake and New York City.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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