Re: Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan
Our team recently submitted a letter to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with comments about proposed changes to the New York Central Railroad Adirondack Division Historic District. We have advocated on behalf of this historic site in the past, including listing it as a 2016-17 Seven to Save. The League believes the corridor should remain an active railroad. If that is not possible, we believe the rails and ties should be preserved in place.
DEC has been aiming for years to remove 34 miles of railroad tracks and ties from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid to create a multi-modal use trail. Creating this trail (for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and hikers) will involve destroying historic features. As part of the SEQR process, DEC released a scoping document that discusses the impacts of the project and how they will mitigate this – and we don’t find the mitigation measures for adverse impacts to historic features to be entirely satisfactory.