To the editor:
On Friday, Oct. 26, I had the pleasure of walking the new multi-use trail being built in Moose River Plains Unit Management Plan, between the MRP and Raquette Lake. It didn't take long on such a beautiful fall day for me to realize how this is an excellent example of a trail that will benefit a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts while remaining extremely sensitive to the natural beauty that is the Adirondacks. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency should be commended for the strategic planning that went into the Moose River UMP and turning a good idea into reality.
Once completed, this new community-connector trail will provide nature enthusiasts a path to travel between Raquette Lake and Indian Lake or Inlet while staying clear of local lakes and roadways. I appreciated the opportunity to see the great partnership of DEC and local volunteers who are working hard to ensure this multi-use trail is ready to be enjoyed by walkers, hikers, winter enthusiasts, hunters, snowmobilers and many more who love the Adirondack Park and see it as a source of sustainable economic opportunity and environmental enjoyment.
DEC officials have done a great job in staying within the guidelines and keeping this trail (which can be ridden by snowmobiles) from being considered in the characteristic of a "road." The safely designed trail winds around the forest utilizing old Adirondack roads built by past generations while taking into consideration the sensitive regulations where wet areas needed to be bypassed and keeping within the width requirements set by the APA. All trail users will be able to see the natural Adirondack beauty as it's meant to be viewed along this trail, including the snowmobiling public who will be pleased that the design of this trail keeps speeds down. Specific design of this trail will allow tracked grooming, making the trail especially safe for riders and easier for cross-country skiers to navigate. The trail will not require an Inlet/Webb town snowmobile permit either.
While the natural reaction of some is to instantly reject any new trail in the Adirondack Park, it is impossible to not be excited about this new multi-use trail in the Moose River Plains UMP. I look forward to enjoying scenic rides on this trail this winter while sharing it with my fellow hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Now we just need to pray for some snow!
Statewide trails coordinator
New York State Snowmobile Association