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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

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

Public Comment Opportunity - Draft Scope

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…".

The draft sope is the first step in preparing a draft UMP amendment and draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP), and the deficiencies identified in the 2017 State Supreme Court decision.

Draft Scope for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Amendment/DSEIS (PDF)

Public comments on the draft scope are welcome and will be accepted until August 12, 2019. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

John Schmid, Natural Resources Planner
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Other Recent Developments

The state agencies have also completed, or are currently undertaking, the following actions to comply with the Court's decision:

  • 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;
  • DEC has acquired the parcels within the Travel Corridor located in the North Country Community College campus;
  • DEC and the North Elba-Lake Placid Historical Society are partnering on a public access agreement for the Lake Placid Depot; and
  • A draft historic mitigation plan is being developed in accordance with the New York State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) to address adverse impacts to the corridor, and will be included in the draft UMP amendment/DSEIS as an appendix.

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)