Public hearings planned for Boreas Ponds in Adirondacks
Posted October 14
RAY BROOK, N.Y. — The Adirondack Park Agency is taking comments through December on proposals that will determine public access to the newly acquired Boreas Ponds tract near the Adirondack High Peaks.
All four proposed classifications for the 20,543 acres would let the Department of Environmental Conservation allow motor vehicles on at least part of an existing road to the scenic ponds at the heart of the tract.
Environmental groups have called for a more restrictive "wilderness" classification, limiting motorized access. Officials in five towns surrounding the tract want people to be able to drive to the ponds, ride bicycles around them and use electric motorboats.
The APA on Friday also proposed reclassification of 33,000 acres elsewhere in the Adirondacks.
Eight public hearings are scheduled.
Details are on the APA website (http://on.ny.gov/2egrAFX ).