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For Release: Wednesday, November 22, 2017

APA and DEC Hold Public Comment Period For Proposed Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites

Proposed Guidance Provides Best Management Practices for Design and Layout of Primitive Tent Sites on Forest Preserve Lands in Adirondack Park

Public Comments Accepted until January 22, 2018

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed management guidance for the design and layout of primitive tent sites on State Lands in the Adirondack Park. The APA and DEC will accept comments until January 22, 2018.

The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan defines a primitive tent site as "a designated tent site of an undeveloped character providing space for not more than three tents, which may have an associated pit privy and fire ring, designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people on a temporary or transient basis, and located so as to accommodate the need for shelter in a manner least intrusive on the surrounding environment."

One of the primary reasons people visit the Adirondack Forest Preserve is to participate in outdoor activities. Camping in a tent or RV is one of the most popular ways to further enjoy other recreational activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting.

The proposed guidance only pertains to primitive tent sites outside of DEC Campgrounds and provides Forest Preserve managers with standards for constructing, operating, and maintaining primitive tent sites. In addition, the proposed guidance will provide the public with sustainable and accessible accommodations.

Best management practices that address large groups, camping permits, size limits, improvements, and regulation changes for primitive tent sites are included and detailed in the management document.

Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites is available to view or download from the DEC website.

Written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance can be sent to:

McCrea Burnham
Division of Lands and Forests
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-4254

Fax: 518-402-9028

The deadline for comments is January 22, 2018.

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