CHESTERTOWN - A proposed map of the Upper Hudson River region has gained support with local governments, as many area towns and two county boards have pledged funds for its printing and distribution.
The tourist map, the brainchild of former Warren County Tourism Department staffer Pam Morin, is designed to promote the Hudson River region stretching from the Saratoga County town of Halfmoon to Hamilton County's Lake Tear of the Clouds.
Featuring the area's natural attractions with a historical flair, the map focuses on this year's quadricentennial of the discovery of the Hudson River by explorer Henry Hudson.
The map will include information on certain businesses in each community as well as historical places and points of interest, she said.
A similar map depicting the lower stretches of the Hudson River has already been published. Promoting towns along the Hudson from New York City to Albany, the map has served as a prototype for the upper Hudson map that Morin has been developing.
"Planning and marketing along the Hudson is very strong in the southern part of the state," Morin said. "Every town which sits along the Hudson will be represented."
Morin said that towns of Lake Luzerne, Lake George, Warrensburg, Chester and Hague have already donated $3,000 to the project for printing and production costs which are slated to begin this coming September. This past week, Johnsburg contributed $1,500 to the cause.
Numerous additional towns have pledged funds.
"This is not a chamber project. All the money collected goes to the map," North Warren Chamber of Commerce President Greg Beckler said. "The North Warren Chamber would simply act as home base."
The North Warren Chamber of Commerce has been championing the Upper Hudson regional map since its inception.
Morin has said that no donations are being sought from private entities, but individual chambers of commerce would have to decide which businesses were represented on the map.
"There obviously isn't enough room for each and every business," she said. "That would be something the local chambers would have to decide."
This revelation has caused some concern among local officials.
"If Marsha's makes it and the Copperfield doesn't, I could see some tension arising over something like this," Johnsburg Supervisor Sterling Goodspeed said June 2.
The first edition is set to be released in early October and it could be as many as 75,000 copies, Morin said.