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Old 12-16-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
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APA XC Ski Plan

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Public comments period 12/14/18 to 2/1/19. Please comment!
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:18 PM   #2
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:24 PM   #3
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Thanks TCD! I was looking all over for that and I couldn't find it for the life of me.
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:00 AM   #4
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Well I had a chance to review the draft.

The end point they get to is actually pretty reasonable, and it will improve how ski trails are managed in the Adirondacks, so that's good.

(The discussion leading up to that point is a self-serving, confused mess. It's obvious that no one has been paying attention to this for decades; one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing; and they are still shopping around for the best way to manage this. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. But if anyone wants to suggest changes, this time they might actually listen. Do comment, as Montcalm said.)
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:29 AM   #5
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I don't know about listening. I have a feeling this is so far along in the process that it's just the formality on whether you oppose or support.

The APSA set forth the guidelines to the DEC, and they sent this information to their members. The time for input would have been then. The DEC then had a review of this in which they answered questions on why the did or did not adopt certain things from APSA's proposal. The one thing that didn't make is gladed "trails". I wish I could find the original proposal because I posted it a number of places in hopes that it would gain traction.

The actual guidelines are pretty simple. And the goal is to make ski trails safer and more fun. You also want to note that the new trails under this specification ARE NOT multi-use, in that they are meant to be unused and vegetate during summer months and ONLY used for skiing in the winter. This is to minimize erosion or damage caused by the removal of trees for the trail itself and keep the trails skiable in the winter.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:56 AM   #6
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Yes, it is worth commenting on the plan. This is especially true if you see some small detail that you believe could be improved with perhaps just a "tweak"rather than trying to comment on the entire concept. The APA has said before and said it again at Thursday's meeting that they do read these comments and they often make the final plan better. Don't be disappointed, however, if you don't see your idea incorporated, but you wouldn't know that unless you tried.
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