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For Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DEC & DOT Issue Proposed Amendment to the Management Plan for the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor

Amendment Will Improve Recreational Opportunities From Remsen to Lake Placid

Public Comment on the Proposed Amendment will be Accepted Until July 27

Adirondack residents and visitors will have access to unique recreational opportunities under the proposed Amendment to the 1996 Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (Draft 2015 UMP). The 2015 UMP Amendment will maximize recreation and economic benefits along the 119-mile Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor (Corridor), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced today.

"The proposal will reinvigorate the economies of neighboring communities by implementing a comprehensive approach to recreational use of the Corridor including establishing a multi-use recreation trail from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and other compatible uses and a renewed commitment to rail from Remsen to Tupper Lake," said Commissioner Martens. "The State will also develop snowmobile connections to various locations along the entire length of the Corridor to establish a regional snowmobiling opportunity."

Transportation Commissioner McDonald said, "We are pleased to partner with DEC on this exciting project. Extending the existing excursion railroad through the heart of the Adirondacks to Tupper Lake will provide train passengers an opportunity to view parts of the Adirondacks very few have seen. Visitors will be able to take advantage of convenient amenities along the way, as well as the many trails, campsites and waterways connected to the Corridor. This will be an exceptional experience for the public and an economic boost for the train service and the Tri-Lakes communities - particularly Tupper Lake."

The new preferred alternative proposes:

  • Removing the rail infrastructure within the Corridor between the Village of Tupper Lake and the Village of Lake Placid and establishing a multiple-use recreational trail;
  • Maintaining the existing rail infrastructure and enhancing train service between the Village of Remsen and the Big Moose Station;
  • Rehabilitating the rail infrastructure between the Big Moose Station and the Village of Tupper Lake to allow passenger train service to be restored for a contiguous 85 miles; and
  • Developing a community connector snowmobile system both within and outside of the Corridor which will attract additional snowmobilers to the Adirondacks and Adirondack communities.

Under the proposal, DOT will also seek to provide a long-term lease for operation of the train service, allowing the train service to make long-term financial investment in the Corridor.

The Draft 2015 UMP Amendment seeks to provide additional access to the community of Beaver River by siting and creating a snowmobile trail outside of the Corridor connecting the community to the regional snowmobile trail system. The Draft 2015 UMP Amendment also serves as a Draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement. Hut to hut cross-country skiing opportunities between Beaver River and the Horseshoe Lake Station and train stops in Beaver River, Lake Lila and other interior destinations are also proposed to provide unique outdoor recreational opportunities. DEC will work with the train service to ensure proper controls for those accessing interior lands and waters to prevent overuse and ensure protection of the natural resources.

The Draft 2015 UMP Amendment/DEIS will be posted on DEC's website on June 12. Copies of the UMP amendment will also be available on CD June 12 at the following locations: DEC's headquarters in Albany, NY (5th floor); DEC's Region 5 office in Ray Brook NY; DEC's Region 6 office in Utica; town offices for the towns of Webb, Tupper Lake, Santa Clara, Harrietstown, and North Elba; and the village offices for the villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Tupper Lake Middle-High School at 25 Chaney Avenue in Tupper Lake. The meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in draft Corridor UMP amendment and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please call 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting if you have specific accommodation requests

DEC and DOT will accept written public comments until close of business July 27. Written comments may be mailed to either John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or Dawn Klemm, NYSDOT Region 2, Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501, or e-mailed to adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

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