The hearings have been well attended, especially with representatives from the various environmental advocacy groups.
However, there has been a noticeable lack of support and input from the sporting community.
I recently spoke with Jason Kemper, Chairman of the NYS Conservation Fund Advisory board who has been attending the APA hearings. Sadly, he has been one of the very few voices advocating for the sporting community.
Kemper wants to get the word out that members of the sporting community need to be represented at the hearing to ensure the new land classifications are able provide and support access for all user groups and remain open and available for hunting and fishing.
If the classification of the new lands eventually do not favor access for sportsmen, snowmobilers lands and other traditional users, the responsibility will be directly on the lack of support and advocacy from these user. The initial APA Hearing in Ray Brook attracted only three representatives from sportsman’s groups. In order to protect the traditional uses, the sporting community must make their voices heard!
The schedule of APA Land Use Classification Hearings will continue on:
• June 25 at Indian Lake Central School in Indian Lake, 6 p.m.
• July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
• July 2. DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, 1 p.m.
• July 2. Warren County Offices, Lake George, 7 p.m.
Written comments can also be submitted until July 19 to APA Deputy Director James Connolly at P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 at Public comment is invited until July 19, 2013. http://apa.ny.gov/ or firstname.lastname@example.org
What to do?
A recent study conducted for the Essex County Visitors Center reveals visitors to the Adirondack region are primarily outdoor oriented and prefer hotel accommodations to other types, and spent $82 for every occupancy tax dollar spent on marketing in 2012.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at email@example.com.