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Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 22

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Nov. 22

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Rep. Stefanik serves as an inspiration

I am so proud to call Elise Stefanik my congresswoman.
She has been doing a spectacular job speaking out at the impeachment hearing.
Rep. Stefanik has proven herself to be well prepared, articulate and professional.
She serves her constituents well by promoting lower taxes, small businesses, local farms and advocating for our military and veterans.
She has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and our school safety.
She is an amazing role model for young girls like me.
I aspire to be like our congresswoman some day.
I am looking forward to helping with her upcoming campaign for re-election.
Meg Messitt
Wilton
The writer is a student at Saratoga Springs High School.


Balance Adk. task force, issue permits

Your Nov. 9 editorial about protection of the Adirondacks focuses on overuse and damage to portions of our largest wilderness, the High Peaks.
While the state DEC is to be credited for forming a task force to study the problem, we noticed how few wilderness advocates were appointed.
Just two of 13 appointees are associated with organizations espousing wilderness protection, ostensibly a key purpose of the task force. Most appointees, eight, are state and local government employees, who should be represented but who ought not to dominate.
Second, your list of High Peaks priorities mirrors that of the DEC: trail repair, redirecting hikers, enforcing parking rules, guidance for visitors. These measures, while important, have proved insufficient.
They leave out a tool used in other popular wilderness areas: a permit reservation or limited entry system. The DEC would set limits on the number of people hiking off the most heavily impacted trails to the peaks. They would issue online permits up to those limits, just as DEC has done for years at state campgrounds, holding back some permits for same-day use.
They would monitor and evaluate its benefits which may include less damage to trails and natural resources and greater opportunities for hikers and campers to have a true wilderness experience, free from over-congestion.
Permit fees could be dedicated to wilderness trail maintenance and forest rangers. Adirondack Wild encourages DEC to test such a system in 2020.
David Gibson
Ballston Lake
The writer is managing partner with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve.

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