The Adirondack Park Agency has announced a public comment period for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance on proposals from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend the 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan.
The State is planning to tear up part of the historic Adirondack Railroad line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid for a multi-use trail.
The Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor is a State-owned historic railroad corridor, with its rails extending 119 miles through the Adirondack region. The two termini of the Corridor are the Village of Lake Placid in Essex County, and the Village of Remsen in Oneida County. Other notable villages and hamlets along the corridor include Ray Brook, Saranac Lake, Lake Clear, Tupper Lake, Beaver River, Big Moose and Old Forge.
This 2020 Unit Management Plan Amendment/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to the 1996 UMP/EIS would establish rail-and-trail and trail-only segments within the Corridor.
The rails are expected to be retained Remsen to Tupper Lake, and the tracks removed from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.
The Historic Preservation Plan (Appendix D of the UMP) discusses locations within the Tupper to Placid line to retain railroad features for interpretive purposes.
The 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Proposed Final Amendment is available to view or download from the Adirondack Park Agency’s website.
The Public is encouraged to comment on how the proposal conforms to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan is available to view or download from the Adirondack Park Agency’s website.
Address all written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance to:
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Email – SLMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov
Submit all conformance comments to the APA by April 20, 2020.
UMPs are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of State land in the Adirondack Park. The plans integrate the goals and objectives of the Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.
Photo of rail line near Lake Clear Lodge by John Warren.