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What's New In the Adirondacks

DEC Opens Year-Round Trail Through Moose River Plains Wild Forest

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A 12.8 mile trail that connects the communities of Inlet, Indian Lake, and Raquette Lake, NY is now open for public use, offering recreational opportunities for all four seasons. The new trail runs through the Moose River Plains Wild Forest trail system in Hamilton County, which connects Newcomb in Essex County and Old Forge in Herkimer County, and can be used by snowmobiles, hikers, and bikers. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hopes the trail will provide wonderful recreational opportunities for locals and tourists, while protecting the natural resources of the Adirondacks.

The new connection trail is a product of six months of unstinting work by DEC crews; the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program; the New York State Snowmobile Association; the towns of Long Lake, Inlet, and Indian Lake, along with local volunteers. The trail was approved by the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, along with the closure of 46 miles of remote snowmobile trails.

Additionally, the DEC has reclassified 15,000 acres of the Moose River Plains Wild Forest lands as Wilderness, with two miles of road closed to motor vehicles. Not only do these changes allow residents and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty that the Adirondacks afford, but they strengthen the economies of the towns that rely profoundly on tourism.

The construction of this multi-use trail was approved in 2011 and built in accordance with the "Management Guidance: Snowmobile Trail Construction and Maintenance on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park," which the Adirondack Park Association (APA) determined was in compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP). Efforts were made to minimize the altering of terrain, rock removal, and cutting of trees. Crews were adamant in returning the trail and surrounding areas to their natural conditions every day while proper drainage was being installed.

For a map of the new Moose River Plains Wild Forest trail system, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or click on the following link:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89235.html

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