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Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor - Unit Management Plan

The Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is a railroad right-of-way approximately 119 miles long and generally 100 feet wide. Constructed in 1892, the line was operated continuously until freight service ceased in 1972. In 1974, the Corridor was purchased by New York State. In 1977, the State leased the line to the Adirondack Railway Corporation. After the bankruptcy of the lessee, and following a long period of litigation, the State acquired the remainder of the lease in 1991. Title to the Corridor remains under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation (DOT).

DEC and DOT adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor in 1996. If you have questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (PDF)

Draft UMP Amendment/SEIS - Rail Trail and Rail Service Improvements

A 2017 State Supreme Court decision vacated a 2016 UMP Amendment prepared by DEC and DOT for the Travel Corridor, and instructed the two agencies to develop and approve "... a UMP that complies with the instant Decision, Order and Judgment and all applicable law, rules, and guidance…".

DEC and DOT have completed a draft UMP amendment and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that proposes to remove the rails along the corridor between the Village of Tupper Lake and the Village of Lake Placid and convert it to a multiple-use recreational trail. The amendment also proposes to leave in place the existing rails between the Village of Remsen and the Big Moose Station; and to rehabilitate the rails between the Big Moose Station and the Village of Tupper Lake.

2019 Draft UMP Amendment for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (no appendices) (PDF, 9 MB)

Public Comment Opportunities

The state agencies will be holding three public hearings on the draft UMP amendment/SEIS:

  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Tupper Lake Middle-High School Auditorium, 25 Chaney Ave, Tupper Lake, NY 12986;
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Lake Placid Conference Center, 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946;
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the View Arts Center, 3256 Rt 28, Old Forge, NY 13420; and
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501.

Written comments are also welcome and will be accepted, by mail or e-mail, by the contact below until January 8, 2020:

John Schmid, Natural Resources Planner
NYS DEC
626 Broadway, 5th floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254
AdirondackPark@dec.ny.gov

Other Recent Developments

The state agencies have also completed the following actions to comply with the Court's decision:

  • A Final Scope (PDF) was completed as the first step in preparing a new draft UMP/SEIS;
  • APA approved a SLMP amendment to revise the definition of Travel Corridor that allows recreational use on the Travel Corridor, which was signed by the Governor on June 21, 2019; and
  • DEC has acquired the parcels within the Travel Corridor located in the North Country Community College campus

2008 Amendment - Vegetation Management Plan

This amendment provided information related to vegetation management of the corridor that was not included in the original UMP.

2008 Amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP (PDF)