To the Valley News:
Dave Gibson’s letter on Boreas Pond is pure bull. Anyone who knows anything about the forest preserve knows that there is no maintenance or management of forest preserve lands. There will be no Boreas Pond. It will be destroyed via the dam not being maintained, thus draining the pond and destroying this fishery. The same goes for the Chain of Lakes and Hudson River.
His statements on wilderness users and tourism are false. One has only to look to Hamilton County to see the destruction to the local economy, jobs, businesses, etc. that the forest preserve has caused. Hikers, canoeists, kayakers spend nothing at local establishments. They bring their granola junk with them, block our roads with illegal parking and obstruct emergency and other vehicles, and leave their trash and garbage all over the woods and roadside for the locals to pay for pickup. They are a drain on the local economy and town budgets.
The entire 161,000 acres of Finch- Nature Conservancy property should be Conservation Easement! None of these lands should become part of the forest preserve! Time NYS stopped destroying our wildlife’s food, shelter, and habitat! Time NYS stopped destroying jobs, businesses, and local economies! Time to abolish the forest preserve!
Don Sage, Life Member
Adirondack Conservation Council