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For Release: Thursday, July 25, 2019

DEC Announces Completion of Big Slope Bridge

Improvements to Camp Sagamore Trail System in Blue Ridge Wilderness

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the completion of the 135-foot Big Slope Bridge and improvements to the Big Slope Trail and Powerhouse Trail to further enhance the experience for visitors to the Great Camp Sagamore trail system in the Blue Ridge Wilderness, Hamilton County. These improvements are part of the Adventure NY Initiative to connect New Yorkers with the outdoors.

"Camp Sagamore and its trails provide visitors with countless opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation in the Raquette Lake area," said Regional Director Bob Stegemann. "The new bridge offers visitors scenic wetland views and dry footing during treks on the Big Slope Trail. These improvements, made possible through Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, are an example of the State's ongoing efforts to increase recreation and boost the economy of Adirondack communities through tourism."

After an initial site visit and development of a work plan in November 2017, DEC, Camp Sagamore staff, and volunteers worked for nearly two years to complete the bridge. In June 2018, DEC and Camp Sagamore staff rowed 4,500 pounds of lumber and 65 pounds of hardware by boat 0.4 miles across Sagamore Lake. Throughout the summer and early fall of 2018, volunteers carried materials the remaining 0.5 miles from the lake to the work site. Construction began in October 2018 and continued until December 2018 when the ground became too frozen to continue and snow depths reached approximately two feet. Staff resumed work in April 2019, and completed work on June 20, 2019.

Camp Sagamore is one of several historic Great Camps located in the Adirondack Mountains. Part of the Historic Great Camps Special Management Area, it includes nearly seven miles of scenic trails along the shores of Sagamore Lake and the South Inlet of Raquette Lake in the 47,177-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness.Visitors are encouraged to practice Leave No Trace when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and minimize impacts on the natural resources in the area.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative is supporting 75 projects over three years with many more to come, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds, and hiking trails. Read more about the Adventure NY initiative.

For more information on planning an outdoor adventure in New York State, visit DEC's website.

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