by: BASIL SEGGOS: DEC Commissioner / Adirondack Daily Enterprise
New York is home to magnificent natural resources that both make our state a worldwide destination for outdoor recreation and bolster economic opportunities in our communities. As an avid outdoorsman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognizes that New York’s lands and waters play a vital role in our regional economies and have the potential to spur even more economic growth through outdoor recreation and tourism.
This opportunity is just one of the reasons the governor sustained the state’s Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million in the State Budget.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is committed to advancing opportunities for more New Yorkers–and visitors–to experience the great outdoors. Our new Adirondack “Hamlets-to-Huts” initiative will draw visitors to the Adirondack Park seeking a unique experience that combines exceptional outdoor recreation with authentic local culture.
Despite misinformation about what might happen on public lands regarding related lodging and amenities, DEC remains committed to managing our natural resources sustainably and promoting ecosystem health and biodiversity while safely accommodating public recreation. When complete, the Hamlets-to-Huts will provide an economic boost to local communities and help establish the entire Adirondack Park–not just the High Peaks region–as a world-class recreation destination, while we continue to protect our irreplaceable air, lands, and waters for generations to come.
The success of hamlet-to-hut systems around the world centers on providing outstanding recreational experiences in areas of incomparable beauty, where the richness of natural resources abound.
New York is fortunate to have the Adirondack Park within our borders, an unparalleled outdoor destination for people of all ages and abilities. The Hamlet-to-Hut system will include a network of traverse, circuit, and spur trails with strategically located lodging. Most trails will begin in a community, travel into the backcountry, and emerge in another community. The concept is to link communities and amenities through the State’s extensive landholdings and provide outdoor access throughout the year.
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by Tracy Ormsbee Adirondack Almanack
The Adirondack Hamlets to Huts project, which incorporated in November, received its 501c3 status in April, making it an official nonprofit, Joe Dadey announced at the Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System advisory committee meeting Tuesday. The organization’s mission is to create, manage and promote a world-class Adirondack hut-to-hut system that advances sustainable communities, conservation, and wellness.
This opens up new grant opportunities for the project, and once a website is developed and the group is registered with the New York Charities Bureau, it can begin reaching out for memberships, gifts and donations, Dadey said.
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by Tracy Ormsbee/ Adirondack Almanack
Although most of the Adirondack hut-to-hut discussion lately has focused on Boreas Ponds as the state considers the classification of the Forest Preserve land, another route is much closer to becoming reality: the North Creek-Indian Lake traverse with a Hudson Gorge rafting trip.
Jack Drury of Leading E.D.G.E, who with Joe Dadey and Duane Gould prepared the 2015 hut-to-hut plan for the five towns of Long Lake, Newcomb, Indian Lake, Minerva, and North Hudson for the Department of Environmental Conservation, called it the low-hanging fruit of the report and believes it will be ready by summer 2018.
“It’s No. 1 on the list because all the pieces are in place,” he said, noting that most of the trails already exist and that the owners of the existing lodges in the towns are on board.
The route is a five-night, four-day trip that begins in North Creek. On the first day, you hike westward to lodging near Thirteenth Lake and the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. On the second day, the route traverses the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area to the Chimney Mountain trailhead, with a possible side trip to the cave near the mountain’s summit. On the third day, hikers reach Indian Lake. On the final day, they raft down the Hudson River to return to North Creek.
After this, the next route to be finalized will start in Newcomb and end in either Lake Placid or Keene. This route will take longer as it requires approval for a new trail between Newcomb and Upper Works.
Eventually, Drury said, hut-to-hut routes will be spread around the Park so all communities benefit.
Photo: Hudson River Rafting Company Rafters (Nancie Battaglia)
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