APA struck fair deal

Congratulations to the state Adirondack Park Agency staff for forging, with great difficulty, a delicate and hard-earned balance in classifying new state lands long owned by the Finch, Pruyn timber company.

The various stakeholder groups lobbying the agency won’t each get everything they want. Some officials lament anglers won’t be able to use motorboats on the Essex Chain of Lakes or drive right to the shore, and the head of Protect the Adirondacks fretted about a snowmobile trail that would require a new bridge.

This process could have ended with the APA siding with one or the other, setting up more problems for the long term. However, the people of New York who own this land aren’t one-sided; they cover both viewpoints and all in between. Therefore, the best long-range solution is a compromise everyone feels they can live with.

The problem, of course, is that such a balance is usually very hard to strike, and even harder to get all sides to agree to. Here, however, it looks like APA staff were able to put together something everyone could live with.

For those of us in the Foothills of the Adirondacks, that’s a good sign. With the state eyeing more tourism in the Adirondacks, it’s likely these same issues will come up again. Let’s hope the APA will continue to seek such balanced deals.