Friday, June 3, 2011

Current Issues and Events

Several issues of importance to those with an interest in skiing and outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks have been in the news this week.

Proposed ban of gasoline motors on Thirteenth Lake. Last week, DEC released for comments a proposed regulation banning gasoline powered motorboats on Thirteenth Lake. Under the proposed regulation, electric trolling motors would be allowed. The proposal represents an excellent compromise that preserves access for sportsmen and the mobility impaired, yet also protects nesting loons and enhances the environment of the lake and surrounding wilderness. You can add your voice to others in support of this proposed regulation by contacting the DEC prior to July 2.

Thirteenth Lake

ORDA to manage Belleayre? Governor Cuomo's Commission on Spending and Government Efficiency recommended this week that the Belleayre Ski Center be managed by ORDA rather than DEC. This is a concept that I've supported in the past, and support now.

New slide activity at Whiteface. Torrential rains last Friday triggered a landslide on Whiteface. The slide occurred between Slides 2 and 3 within the ski center’s designated backcountry area. The impact on skiing in the Slides area won’t be known for sure until next winter, but Whiteface GM Bruce McCulley has stated that debris from the slide did not block Slide Out, the exit from Slides 1-5 back to the ski center. Slide activity such as occurred at Whiteface is not uncommon, and serves as a reminder that the Adirondack landscape is dynamic. The Slides area at Whiteface was also the scene of two snow avalanches this winter, in February and March.

National Trails Day, June 4. Saturday is National Trails Day, and there are several local NTD events:

1 comment:

  1. Some more local NTD events, mostly in the Capital District, are listed here on the TU's Outdoors blog.