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  1. #1
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    Comments Needed to Oppose Wilderness Designation by July 19, 2013

    Sorry for the late notice but up in the southern Adirondacks there is a plan in place to designate part of a new forest purchase by NY State into a wilderness category that would effectively ban mountain biking.

    Your comments are needed now! Friday, July 16 2013 is the deadline.

    Send comments to:

    James E. Connolly, Deputy Director, Planning
    NYS Adirondack Park Agency
    P.O. Box 99
    1133 State Route 86
    Ray Brook, New York 12977

    Via Fax: (518) 891-3938

    Via Email:

    RE: Classification of Newly Acquired Finch Lands

    Dear Mr. Connolly:

    As a resident of New York State, I am writing to express strong support to NOT classify the newly acquired Finch Pruyn lands as Wilderness according to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

    A blanket wilderness classification for these lands and waters is flawed because it eliminates the possibility for mountain biking. Wilderness classification laws were enacted before mountain biking was invented and the term "ban mechanical transportation" was meant for cars and trucks etc but not meant to ban bicycles.

    There will never be recreation overuse if you do not designate the land as wilderness and other regulations can be put it place to restrict high impact motorized uses.

    I support a Wild Forest designation that would allow mountain bicycling.

    My position is that most of the properties should be classified as Wild Forest (Option 4a or 4b). There are other ways to restrict certain types of motorized use and float plane access without resorting to a blanket wilderness designation. By restricting access to human powered cyclists you would cut off any option for future development. This wilderness classification may hurt the local economies.

    I would like to spend my vacation dollars in New York State.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Michael Vitti
    CLIMB President
    NY State Trails Council Member

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    which tract are you referring to? There were a few recent purchases, Thanks!

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    Just as a point of clarification, this does not include the land that the SMBA trails are located on outside of Saratoga Springs. SMBA has received several questions from riders and members regarding this.
    Saratoga Mountain Bike Association -

    "Tri" sticker. Translation: "One Less Good Bike Handler."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sac29 View Post
    which tract are you referring to? There were a few recent purchases, Thanks!
    This is regarding the Essex Chain of Lakes.

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