Environmentalists Sue to Stop Adirondack Snowmobile Plan

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The Adirondack Council environmental group has filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court, claiming new snowmobile trail guidelines approved by the Adirondack Park Agency violate the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

John Sheehan, spokesman for the Council, told the Albany Press-Republican the group opposes widening trails and curves up to 50 percent, using two tracked grooming vehicles on park lands; and construction of new trails as far as two miles away from a road or the edge of the Forest Preserve.

“We believe what (APA and the Department of Environmental Conservation) did violates the intent of the State Land Master Plan,” he said. “We aren’t saying we would stop them from making the changes, but they need public input to do that.”

APA spokesman Keith McKeever said they had not been served with the papers as of late Monday afternoon.

“If they do sue us, the agency would be disappointed, because we feel there has been a lot of good work between stakeholders on this issue.”

Posted by Holly Wagner