DEC Issues Revised Draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail

As part of a federal effort to expand the national trail system across the northern U.S., the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised draft Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST). The plan includes recommendations for the route of the National Scenic Trail through the Adirondack Park.

“Governor Cuomo recently held a tourism summit that focused on efforts to build this industry and create jobs, and the Adirondacks has long been a popular tourism destination for outdoor enthusiasts,” Commissioner Martens said. “The North Country Trail will build on the existing network of trails in the region and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors. As New York works to incorporate the North Country National Scenic Trail into the state’s Adirondack trail system, we encourage people to review the plan and provide input to ensure the trail will be a great addition to the magnificent Adirondacks.”

In March 1980, federal legislation authorized the establishment of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) as a component of the National Trails System. To date, Congress has authorized the establishment of eight National Scenic Trails – long distance, non-motorized trails that follow major geographic features or pass through scenic areas.

People who want to review the plan can visit DEC’s web page: North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) or obtain a copy or CD version at DEC headquarters in Albany or DEC’s Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook. DEC will accept comments on the draft plan until July 7, 2014. Comments may be sent to Josh Clague, Natural Resources Planner, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway – 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4254 or emailed to lfadk@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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