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October 29, 2013

Two statewide propositions to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot involve the Adirondack Forest Preserve. We encourage voters to approve both....

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Oct-29-13 8:21 PM

Vote NO on proposition 5. I'll give you several logical reasons.

NYCO presented a plan to the APA in 2006 to close its Lewis mine and move all operations to nearby Oak Hill where there is a 25 year supply of wollastonite.

NYCO's mine is an open pit 150 feet deep and 1,200 feet across. They want to test drill to see if there's Wollastonite on neighboring state land. If there is, they want to expand their pit. If not, they walk away.

NYCO Minerals isn't going anywhere, and those 100 jobs are safe at Oak Hill.

NYCO wants to swap 1,500 acres of logged land for 200 of old growth forest.

The Adirondack Park is constitutionally protected as forever wild. Never, since the park was established, has any land been sold or swapped for the benefit of a private corporation. Doing so sets a dangerous precedent, that our constitutionally protected forever wild forests are for sale.

Vote yes for proposition 4, but 5 is a definite no.

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Oct-30-13 9:26 AM

How long has public access been denied to Cathead Mountain, 15-20 years? DEC and a private hunting club are at a stalemate over motorized access for the club to reach their land in exchange for an easement for hikers to cross club land to reach the summit. I haven't been there since the trail was closed. Is the state portion of the trail still maintained or is it overgrown? What section of the trail is "closed"?

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Oct-30-13 6:45 PM

Hiltopper, I am told that there is no trail to be seen, it has all grown in. I have been to Cathead a dozen or so times over the last 7 years via helicopter including 2 recent visits to maintain the state police radio system. Its quite a view and ashamed that the general can't go up to view it. The private owner shut the trail when the state would not allow logging access with machinery. Nor would the state allow horse logging. You might recall the private owner hired a helicopter to air lift the valuable hardwood logs, but did not remove less valuable soft wood varieties because it would not pay enough.

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Oct-30-13 10:41 PM

Re ; getting to cat head .. Consider hiking in to woods lake (aka Lapland) from the benson rd..At the lake , hike the shoreline northeast (rt) around the lake and bushwhack straight up little cat head . From little cat head you look right over at cat head . Again bushwhack from there. All state land ... Towards the beginning of the (old) marked trail is where the section is closed . To Dave , AGREE !!! NO on prop. 5 IS the ONLY option . I hope New Yorkers realize what a precious jewel we have and now is the time to come out and help protect it. The adirondack park is priceless and pristine . Leave it alone !

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Nov-01-13 11:27 AM

The Cathead trial is grown over and there is also an imposing sign not to enter. I've done the bushwack listed below and it's a great hike. There have been exceptions to the "Forever Wild" clause, and this refers to the Adirondack Great Camps. It was the thought of the APA to let these camps go back to wilderness, until they realized what a treasure they are and a possibility of generating income, should they be restored back to their original luster. Santanoni is being restored and of course the Sagamore near Racket Lake is a jewel. Just wanted to bring to light that the "Forever Wild" is not set in stone.

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