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APA: use common sense when classifying Boreas Ponds

Editorial

When it comes time to classify the more than 20,000 acres surrounding the picturesque Boreas Ponds tract, we hope the Adirondack Park Agency breaks from tradition and listens to the locals and a little good old common sense over the wishes of environmental groups with a long history of narrow-mindedness.

It is true that the area around Boreas Ponds has been shackled in private ownership. It is also true that it is one of the most beautiful places in the park, and it is wonderful news that, within five years, it will be open for all to enjoy.

But just how accessible will it be to all the user groups? The last time we checked, taxes from all New Yorkers — not just the environmental groups — helped purchase the land, so why limit it to just a select few?

We found it ironic that when “Team Cuomo” landed on the shores of Boreas Ponds a few weeks ago to tout the addition of the tract to the Forest Preserve, the group traversed the several miles up Gulf Brook Road to the main lodge in the comfort of motor vehicles. They zipped around the land on all-terrain vehicles and the governor fished the lake with a battery powered trolling motor.

If the APA decides to classify this land with the most restrictive “wilderness” classification — as we are certain the environmental groups will lobby in favor of — it would limit access, and a disabled veteran who fought for this country will not be afforded the same luxury as was given to the governor. In fact, he wouldn’t even be able to take a wheelchair up the road.

Under wilderness, the gate to this well-maintained, two-lane gravel road will be forever locked, and the 3,500-square-foot main lodge overlooking the ponds — a place that would make a wonderful respite for that very same disabled veteran — would be razed in accordance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan as it would be a non-conforming structure. It would be torn down, even though North Hudson Supervisor Ronald Moore and State Sen. Betty Little have both said publicly they want it to remain open as a facility for the physically challenged.

Comments should be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com

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