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Public Meetings Slated On Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor

August 28th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

State DEC and DOT to Host Four Sessions in September
NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced they will hold four public meetings in September about the management of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, a 119-mile rail line in the western Adirondack Mountains.

Information and comments gathered from the public and stakeholder groups will help the commissioners of the two state agencies determine whether to amend the Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor Unit Management Plan. The plan, adopted by DEC and NYSDOT in March 1996, assesses the natural and physical resources along the 100-foot-wide corridor and identifies opportunities for public use. It guides how the corridor is used and managed.

The public meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, September 9, 6-9 p.m. at the Town of Webb Park Avenue Office Building, 183 Park Avenue in Old Forge
  • Tuesday, September 10, 1-4 p.m. at the DEC Region 5 Headquarters, 1115 State Route 86, in Ray Brook
  • Monday, September 16, 1-4 p.m. at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, In Utica
  • Tuesday, September 17, 6-9 p.m.at the Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, in Tupper Lake

The sessions will include a presentation by the state agencies and informational stations where the public can give state agency staff their comments and ideas verbally or in writing.

All of the meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Requests for directions or specific accommodations for any of the meetings may be directed to 518-897-1200 or 315-793-2327.

Written comments also may be submitted by Sept. 25 to NYSTravelCorridor@dot.ny.gov, faxed to 518-457-3183, or mailed to Raymond F. Hessinger, Director, Freight & Passenger Rail Bureau, NYS Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, POD 54, Albany, NY 12232.

The state acquired the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor in 1975 from the bankrupt Penn Central Railroad. The rail line was constructed in 1892 and was operated by New York Central Railroad and, later, Penn Central Railroad until freight service ended in 1972.

NYSDOT manages the line in keeping with a Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan developed in conjunction with DEC. Approximately 100 miles of the corridor is located within the Adirondack Park. An additional 19 miles is located outside of the Park in the Tug Hill.

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DEC to Temporarily Close Trails in the McKenzie Mt Wilderness

March 5th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Trails Will Be Closed Saturday March 9
While Plane Wreckage is Removed

NYSDEC LogoTrails accessing the southern portion of the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness will be closed on Saturday, March 9, to allow for safe removal of plane wreckage from Big Burn Mountain the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

A section of the Jack Rabbit Trail between Whiteface Inn Road in Lake Placid and the McKenzie Pond Road near Saranac Lake will be closed. The Haystack Mountain Trail on Route 86 in Ray Brook will also be closed.

Big Burn Mountain, near Lake Placid

Those who plan to ski the Jack Rabbit Trail are encouraged to use other sections of the trail or the nearby Moose Pond Trail off Route 3 north of Saranac Lake.

DEC Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers will be stationed at the three trailheads for these trails during the closure.

A helicopter will be used to lift the plane wreckage off the mountain and set it down at nearby location. Due to the extent of the damage, pieces of the plane could fall on the trails, necessitating their closure.

The plane crashed on the side of Big Burn Mountain on Thursday, February 21, during an attempt to land at the Lake Placid Airport. The pilot and his two passengers survived the plane crash unhurt and were rescued by DEC Forest Rangers early the next morning.

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Whiteface’s Hoyt’s High Open

February 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Whiteface - Lake PlacidWILMINGTON, N.Y. — The Hoyt’s High Trail on Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., opened for the first time this skiing and riding season today, Tuesday, Feb. 5. Cut in 2008 and named in honor of Whiteface veteran ski patroller Jim Hoyt Sr., the 4,700 foot long expert trail had always relied on Mother Nature to cover its 1,400 feet of vertical. This autumn, crews installed 9,000 feet of piping allowing for top to bottom snowmaking.

Skiers and riders now have an expert trail that will allow them to get back to the Lookout Mountain lift. In the past, Lookout Below was the only expert trail that allowed skiers and riders immediate access to the triple chair lift.

While at Whiteface, flip, twist and jump like a pro onto the Whiteface air bag. Available Wednesdays through Sundays, Whiteface’s US AIRBAG™ is the perfect tool to help you improve your freestyle/freeride skills. This 50′ x 50′ pillow of air has several inflatable chambers specially designed to ensure a soft smooth landing time and time again. A single jump is $5 while an all-day pass is $15. A waiver is required.

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