The five towns therefore ardently support a land classification for the Essex Chain of Lakes and Indian River Tracts of Wild Forest, allowing the DEC to work with local governments in developing a UMP that both provides for access for all, various forms of recreational opportunity and preservation of the priceless beauty of our park and its fragile ecological infrastructure. A Wilderness classification will not allow for reasonable access for many and will not permit many of the recreational opportunities we feel essential to increased tourism revenue. For example, not even mountain biking is permissible in Wilderness areas. A Wild Forest classification of these and future State Land acquisitions is the only classification that will allow for a fair and balanced UMP to be discussed.
Town of North Hudson