Adirondack history has been shaped by contention over how to manage the region’s resources. Maintaining this historical trend, contention over the use of a state-owned rail corridor between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake has led to another divide among residents. The Adirondack Recreational Trails Advocacy (ARTA) and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) represent opposing poles on the issue. What’s the best use of the corridor? A seasonal scenic railroad or a long-distance multi-use trail?
Billy Martin, a senior at Paul Smith’s College in the Natural Resource Management and Policy program, examines the issue in the Adirondack Explorer. Read more.