The Department of Transportation and the DEC last week announced last week their intentions to initiate a public process to review the Unit Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. Following their announcement, we had the opportunity to speak with ANCA representative Steve Ehman about their feelings on the pending debate..
The state currently owns the corridor from Remsen North to Lake Placid and South of Remsen it’s privately owned.. The 119-mile section of rail line that runs through the Adirondack Park will now become the topic of discussion as the UMP and the Environmental Impact Statement will be reviewed to assess the corridor’s natural and physical resources. The overall goal of the review will be to identify the best public and economic use.
The DOT, DEC and the Adirondack Park Agency developed the 1996 UMP/EIS with considerable public input. The current effort to review the UMP will take into account issues that have developed over the past 20 years by providing an opportunity for all interests to be part of the process and comment on future transportation and recreation opportunities along the Travel Corridor.
The public process will enable DOT and DEC to hear from residents, local officials, visitors and other stakeholders on their views of the current and future use of the Travel Corridor.
We’ll speak with more stakeholders through the summer in our ongoing series on the rails and the Corridor Unit Management Plan..