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Confessions of a card-carrying preservationist

September 11, 2012
By Dick Beamish , Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates

In his recent commentary concerning the best use of the 90-mile section of rail bed connecting Lake Placid and Old Forge, Dan McClelland expressed his suspicion that I have "ulterior and selfish motives" for wanting to replace the rusting rails and rotting ties with a recreational trail for bicycling, running, strolling, etc. and for a much-improved snowmobile trail in the winter. What he and his associates seem to believe, to judge by rumors circulating around Tupper Lake, is that I harbor a hidden agenda for wanting the tracks to be removed. Once the tracks are "ripped up," so the scare-story goes, I and the other "preservationists" will manipulate the state into placing the entire rail bed in the Forest Preserve.



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