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For Release: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

DEC Begins Process to Determine Design and Operation of Recreational Trail

A stakeholder process to determine the design and operation of the recreational trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake on the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor has begun, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced today.

"We have convened the first meeting of our core stakeholder group to help us to determine what the trail will look like and how it will be operated," said Director Stegemann. "We will use this process to ensure the creation of a recreational trail that will provide a high quality experience for trail users and a benefit to the communities along the trail. The trail will provide a broad variety of recreational opportunities for users of all abilities."

The core stakeholder groups consist of the executive elected official or designee of the four towns and three villages along the trail, a representative from the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and representatives from the three primary user groups - cross country skiers, bicyclist and snowmobilers.

"The town of North Elba is extremely pleased to see that the recreational trail is taking shape, said town of North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi. "North Elba is a primary stakeholder and it looks forward to working with DEC and the other partners to bring this project to fruition. Its construction will ultimately benefit the region and attract more outdoor enthusiast, athletes and visitors to the Adirondacks."

"ARTA applauds DEC for creating a stakeholder group for constructing the recreational trail," said Lee Keet of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates.

"On behalf of the Board of the town of Tupper Lake, who previously passed resolutions in support of this project, and also on behalf of the over 100 businesses in Tupper Lake alone, who have signed on with their support, I am pleased to be a part of the stakeholder group developing the recreational trail," said Patti Littlfield, Supervisor of the town of Tupper Lake. "I am excited to move forward with our regional neighbors toward a common goal of having the recreational trail completed in a timely manner to benefit all - economically and otherwise."

"As the representative from the Village of Saranac Lake, I am proud to be part of the stakeholder effort to develop and maintain this world-class trail in the heart of the Adirondacks," said Rich Shapiro, Saranac Lake Village Trustee. "Representatives from four towns, three villages, trail proponents, ORDA, and DEC are all working together in a public/private partnership. Great things are happening here in the Tri-Lakes."

In addition to DEC officials, staff or officials from the Adirondack Park Agency, Olympic Regional Development Authority, and the Department of Transportation are members of the core stakeholder group.

The stakeholder group identified issues of concern which need addressing before the trail can become operational and other stakeholders who will participate in future meetings on specific issues. The issues identified to date include but are not limited to:

  • Type of Material used to surface the trail;
  • Parking and trail access points;
  • Trail amenities;
  • Signage - interpretive and directional;
  • Road crossings;
  • Bridges;
  • Illegal motor vehicle and motorized vehicle use;
  • Train stations;
  • Emergency response; and
  • Historic preservation.

The stakeholder process will inform DEC's development of a draft conceptual trail design and draft conceptual operations and maintenance plan which will be provided for public review and comment in the coming months. DEC will use the final conceptual trail design to develop a request for proposals to design and construct the trail. Rail removal and initial trail construction will begin in the summer of 2017.

If you believe you can help on one or more specific issues regarding the design or operation please contact the town supervisor or village mayor in the community you live.

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