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Too few pondering the future of park

October 1, 2013
By LEWIS N. PAGE , The Leader Herald

How about it, teachers, town boards and clergymen - do your students or people know about the history and future of the Adirondack Park? The future of the park is being considered in many places.

Maybe you could ask forest rangers, state Department of Environmental?Conservation officers, state officials and officials with the Adirondack Park?Agency to give talks in schools. After all, it's going to be their park. I think there are people and students who don't realize what's going on.

I hiked back to a remote pond and caught four nice trout - no one goes there. This is one example of what we will lose if the state lets new snow-machine or all-terrain-vehicle trails into wild forest areas.

I also think trappers and hunters who care the most about the park and animals are the most restricted from it.

I was raised at a time when venison and fish were a big part of meals. I would like to see the deer and moose built back up to where they used to be.

I'm thinking of people and students in the future. I'm hoping they can hunt and trap like I have done. It's over for me; I'm 73. We need tourists and ATV trails, but not in wild forest.

There are people who think by bringing the same atmosphere that is in Central Park - tourists, blacktop, trails, park benches, easy access and money - to our small towns and wild forest that this will solve all their problems. In my opinion, if you mix New York City and wild forest together, you will end up with their problems. What we do now, good or bad, we will pay for in the future - good or bad.

LEWIS N. PAGE Sr.

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