NYSSA welcomes declaration Old Mountain Road is open to the public

NYSSA welcomes declaration Old Mountain Road is open to the public
DEC decision could set precedent for other roadways in contact with State Lands  

May 30, 2009, Long Lake, NY – NYSSA welcomes the decision Commissioner Pete Grannis has ordered establishing Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) policy recognizing Old Mountain Road as both a town road and a legal right-of-way for public use.

With a very few roads open to the public, access to some of New York’s most beautiful scenery has been extremely limited. Opening some of these little used roads will enable access by those who enjoy the outdoors whether by foot, horse, bicycle, ski or snowmobile.

The Adirondack Park was created for all to enjoy, in all seasons of the year.  Opening use of some existing roads to snowmobile use would have minimal impact on the six-million acre park, but could provide sorely needed economic stimulus to communities within the Adirondack Park.  Greater tourism through the winter months would provide additional support to the communities, businesses, and residents that depend on those businesses for employment.

NYSSA will continue work with our clubs, local communities, and state agencies to ascertain potential trails.  Any revised or new trails would improve riding opportunities, safety, and furthering the network of trails for public use.
New York snowmobile clubs have a successful history maintaining multiuse trails where snowmobiles have been allowed through the contribution by volunteers and private dollars.  By working with landowners, local municipalities, state agencies; snowmobile clubs help their communities enjoy the recreational and economic benefits of snowmobiling.

Did you know?
A modern lawnmower is 4 times louder than every snowmobile produced since 1976.

Founded in 1975, NYSSA is the voice of more than 100,000 snowmobilers in New York State, and provides support for the 230 local clubs maintaining over 10,000 miles of local snowmobile and multiuse trails.  Visit NYSSA online at www.nysnowmobiler.com

For more information:

Jim Jennings, NYSSA Executive Director
PO Box 612, Long Lake, NY 12847-0612
Tel. 518-624-3849, Fax 518-624-2441