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State should have better permit system

November 3, 2013
The Leader Herald

I fought the law and the law won.

I received four tickets for storing boats, equipment and shelter on state land. I still think the Adirondack Park Agency and the state Department of Environmental Conservation could come up with a better permit system for tenting on state land. There are hundreds of acres where no one goes.

How about a tent permit system similar to the Lyme Timber Co. lease program? Remember, tents are not permanent structures. The permit could be revoked at any time.

Did you know you can't legally cut brush or trim trees for your tent site? This puts your tent 150 feet from water or trail where sites already are cleared and where people have tented for years.

You can get a ticket for collecting fungus. I carved my initials on a tree where old initials already were there, possibly 100 years old. That's a ticket.

The state is pushing more people into forests with new expanded parking lots and trail heads. One example is more new lean-tos around Spruce Lake. (They are already overcrowded). They are also cutting new trails.

Yet, the state APA doesn't want longer permits for tents, etc. that could be revoked at any time. This doesn't make sense.

I think the state APA should hold talks in schools on these issues, not just zoning. Let the public kick these issues around.

Did you know Lyme Timber Co. has no new lease sites? I couldn't afford them anyway. My last hope is for the state and APA to issue longer tent permits so I can camp legally in the wilderness. I'm 73 and have nothing better to do than camp and fish - summer and winter. I'm hoping APA personnel will bring this idea to the attention of the governor and reconsider this.

I'm thinking of better use for everyone in the park, especially in the future. Incidentally, Encon tranquilized a moose instead of shooting it and then transported it to our north country.

See you on the trail. Wild forest forever.

LEWIS N. PAGE

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