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LETTER ...Voices for Trail Use in The Adirondacks

We need a lot MORE voices if we are to convince DEC and DOT to include us in trail use of the “Multi Use” Rail-Trail corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid. Your voice is important!

December 5, 2019
Hello Fellow Horsemen and Horsewomen,

This is Dan Gruen from the New York State Horse. I am writing to you because I just attended what was to be the last Public Comment Meeting about a “Multi Use” Rail-Trail corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid.  The good news is one more meeting has been added.  It will be in Utica, NY on December 19th.  The meeting will be at 6:00 PM at the State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY.  The public comment period has been extended to COB January 8th, 2020.

The proposed trail surface will be 10 feet wide, stone dust over crushed stone, with a 2 foot shoulder on each side. There is lots of room for many users. The approved users groups are pedestrians and bicyclists when there is no snow and snowmobilers when there is. Several people spoke from other user groups. I was the only one to speak for equestrians. We need a lot MORE voices added if we are to convince DEC and DOT to include us. As it stands now horses will be EXCLUDED from this trail.  DEC and DOT have gotten some negative comments from other user groups who find the idea of horse manure on their trails unpleasant. This was given as a reason why we will be excluded.  If we and our horses are to be allowed to use this State built and maintained trail through the Adirondack Park we must speak up NOW!

If the Unit Management Plan as it stands now is approved we will NOT be allowed to ride this trail awesome and scenic trail through our Adirondack Park.  Please get in touch with your membership and ask them to attend the meeting in Utica or write to DEC. Please tell them to ask to have equestrians added as an approved user group for this trail. Ask your equestrians to do it today before they forget.  Also, all equestrians who can attend the Utica meeting are urged to attend. A sample letter has been included for your conscience which you may choose to sign and send to DEC.

Comments may be provided at the public meeting;
mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany

Dan Gruen,
NYS Horse Council Central Region Board Member

SAMPLE LETTER ...please edit to make it your view

I won’t be able to attend the public comment meeting of the UMP committee, but on behalf of my fellow equestrian friends, I am writing to support horseback riding & carriage driving as a use case for the proposed Remsen-Lake Placid corridor trail.

I would like to remind the committee of the following points:

•    multi-use trails (including equine) invite and encourage a larger group of people to use, enjoy and take care of the trail and surrounding area. A true multi-use rail trail of this magnitude would be world class, and the envy of many.
•    multi-use trails are more in line with the Governor’s outdoor and recreation agenda than are limited or single-use trails.

•    equine use provides a large economic contribution to the localities visited thru direct and indirect expenditures. Well placed parking areas provide increased revenue streams for local business.
•    horses are a part of the history of NY and our country and deserve as much access to recreation opportunities as other groups.

•    creating equine attractions draws users to an area which promotes economic growth. The equine community contributes over 2 billion dollars in economic activity annually. 

I appreciate the opportunity to communicate regarding the UMP, and thank you for all your efforts on the behalf of recreational users.

Please feel free to contact me should you, or the team have any questions regarding equine use.

Mail: John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany

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