ALBANY — Responding to growing concerns about overuse of the delicate Adirondack High Peaks region, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has appointed a special counsel to develop solutions for dealing with the crowds that have been coming to that mountainous area.
The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group will begin meeting this fall and issue a report in 2020, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.
“DEC has assembled a team of talented and committed people to work together to provide advice on a strategic approach that will support the Adirondacks’ local economies, protect the environment, and provide safe, quality recreational experiences for visitors,” Seggos said in a statement Thursday.
The council will prioritize five goals: public safety, protecting natural resources, providing a quality experience, supporting the economy and using scientific data to understand the area’s environment.
Worries about the heavy crowds that descend on the region have been growing during the past several years. There are concerns that local highways are clogged with traffic and hikers are cramming their cars into spots along the road. The overuse is further damaging already-eroded trails in the High Peaks.
In addition to representatives from various state agencies, local political leaders as well as tourism business operators including outdoor …read more
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