Protect the Adirondacks is pushing for a Preliminary Injunction against the APA and DEC to stop the new class II community connector snowmobile trail construction in the Forest Preserve. In their motion, PROTECT says the work should be stopped while its legality is in litigation. ARISE Chairman Jim LaValley says this strategy is becoming a regular routine for PROTECT. Their lawsuit alleges that actions by state agencies to build large road-like class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Forest Preserve and groom them with multi-ton tracked groomers violates the State Constitution’s “forever wild” clause and various state laws. The organization’s chairman Chuck Clausen says they believe the state’s recent actions violate the forever wild clause of the state’s constitution and he refers us to key sections of the State Land Master Plan along with DEC regulations, and he said they look forward to fully substantiating their claims..
The Adirondack Club and Resort is party to a separate lawsuit file by PROTECT which has become known as the Article 78.. Lavalley says ARISE is not a party to that lawsuit.. which was filed against ACR, the APA and the State of New York.. There has been some speculation recently that another lawsuit may be pending specifically against ARISE and the opening of Big Tupper this winter LaValley says there are no law suits or obstacles to Big Tupper’s Opening this winter. Big Tupper becomes a hub this weekend for OkTUPPERfest which has become an annual event at the mountain and Events Coordinator Michelle Clement tells us the Chamber will be forwarding much of the proceeds from Saturday’s event to the efforts to re-open this winter..