Did you know tourist sportsmen from other countries fly into Alaska for hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.? Then, the state puts on more troopers, boats, helicopters, planes and Coast Guard patrols and ATVs to watch over them. Some natives don't like what's happening to their state.
We have a modern airport in Piseco. Think how many tourists would fly into West Canada Lake now if it hadn't been stopped.
New York?City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed $2 billion for a sea wall. Hopefully, he will take some of that money for an Iditarod type of ATV trail around the outside of the Adirondack Park. Then we won't have to cut new trails in wild forest and wilderness. After all, we helped New York City out once.
Let's not copy other states or national parks. Let's just have lean-tos, trails and canoes here in wild forest. More tourists bring more problems.
Underdeveloped areas and small towns are going to become priceless gems in the future, especially with the modern world just outside the park. Yes, I know state and towns can't make money this way.
Some places are better off without extra tourists in wild forest and wilderness. I think some things should stay outside the park, like ATVs.
Wild forest and wilderness, forever.
LEWIS N. PAGE Sr.