Adding one more permanent forest ranger at Buttermilk & Bear Slides (HRSMA)

Adding one more permanent forest ranger at Buttermilk & Bear Slides (HRSMA)

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James Sullivan started this petition to NYS DEC Forest Rangers and

The 5,550-acre Hudson River Special Management Area, also known as the Hudson River Recreation Area, or sometimes simply Buttermilk, is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River in the Lake George Wild Forest. The unit has  hiking trails and hand launches and provides many accessible facilities for people with mobility disabilities including accessible campsites, pit privies, and trails.

Before 2020 there were two permanent forest rangers patrolling Hudson River Special Management Area, the Hudson River Special Management Area felt safer and there were less illegal activities happened there. One forest ranger use to be at Hudson River Special Management Area all weekend Friday-Sunday and other forest ranger would be patrolling other areas in Lake George Wild Forest. Each weekend they would rotate patrolling Hudson River Special Management Area. During Major holidays they both were be there cracking down on illegal activities.

In 2020 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation went from having two permanent forest rangers at Hudson River Special Management Area to one forest ranger who does entire Lake George Wild Forest. When the forest ranger is patrolling other towns  in Lake George Wild Forest, there is no other ranger patrolling Hudson River Special Management Area, when the forest ranger has a day off, there is nobody filling in for the Forest Ranger. The Forest Ranger does not have extra resources.  Environmental Conservation Officers do not patrol in Hudson River Special Management Area. many years ago DEC had Environmental Conservation officers and Forest rangers there checking permits for campers and cracking down on illegal activities.

Throughout the year including During July 4th weekend in 2020 during COIVD-19 Hudson River Special Management Area was hit very hard from people storming into this area in numbers. Some people were spray painting rocks along the Hudson River, people were spray painting sicken messages on one rock saying dead girls don’t say no. people were camping on day use sites damaging the vegetation and on the trails destroying the flora. Many wildlife including a bunny was spotted  at Hudson River Special Management Area walking thorough the garbage.  The only forest ranger there was patrolling few towns over that day.

This year in 2021 the illegal activities continue, On Saturday May 15 around 5:00 PM illegal activities happened. People were camping near the River bank destroying the flora, people driving up and down the road on their dirt bikes and Four Wheelers spinning their tires on the dirt road and drug use was happening in the parking lots. Many local residents do not feel safe camping at Hudson River Special Management Area because of all these issues happening. Hudson River Special Management Area is not family camping area anymore instead its party place. That day on May 15 the forest ranger was on a emergency call fighting a wildfire in few towns over and he could not even make it the next day to Hudson River Special Management Area because he had to go back to the fire.

Please sign this  important petition to  the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to urge them to:

To fill the vacancy to hire one more permanent forest ranger at Hudson River Special Management Area.

Bring back the Environmental Conservation Officers to Hudson River Special Management Area.

Once DEC fills the vacancy for one more permeant forest ranger, have them to patrol  between 5:00 PM-7:00 PM when illegal activities start.

Restore Hudson River Special Management Area back to family camping.

After signing this petition, you can go back to this petition page to write a comment, concerns or your experience at Hudson River Special Management Area at the bottom of the page under Reasons for signing. Please do not write that you want to see Hudson River Special Management Area to have it shut down. This petition is not about shutting down the area, it is about adding more forest rangers and restore the area back to family camping.

 

Lake George Wild Forest 72,508 acres
1 Forest Ranger


Bashakill Wildlife Management Area 3,107 acres
3 Forest Rangers

Peekamoose Blue Hole (Sundown Wild Forest)
2 Forest Rangers &
Few Environmental Conservation Officers


ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES IN
THE ADIRONDACKS
Issues and Options
By Leslie N. Karasin
Wildlife Conservation Society

Many studies have documented specific environmental impacts of off-road vehicles. These studies have spanned a wide variety of types of impacts, including vehicles’ effects on soils, vegetation, wildlife, water quality, wetlands, and air quality. There is a separate, but related, field of evidence concerning noise pollution and motorized vehicles’ impacts on non-motorized backcountry users. This section will discuss the major impacts revealed in the literature.6

 

Beyond the visual effect of parallel tracks on a trail, through a field or through the woods, ATVs have serious consequences for erosion and soil compaction wildlife conservation. In ATV tracks, this erosion often starts as parallel ruts and can, under some circumstances,

develop to more serious gullies. This runoff, in turn, affects hydrology.The extent of erosion caused by ATVs is aggravated by the linear intrusion of their tracks; particularly when tracks are parallel to the slope, the effect on erosion is significant. The tracks intercept runoff and groundwater, diverting it into a channelized flow along the trail, with higher flow velocity and higher rate of scouring than a dispersed flow of water. An increase in soil bulk density also impedes plants’ root growth, lessens the soil’s water-holding capacity, and harms nutrient cycles and soil fertility.

ATVs’ impacts on non-motorized users are not, strictly speaking, ecological factors, but they are included here because of the general effect that they have on the character of wild areas and on the natural environment as it is perceived by other humans.

If two such machines are together, and again assuming that there is not vegetation or other factors that directly interfere with the sound waves, they could be audible from two miles away. Noise has an impact on wildlife, as discussed above, and on non-motorized users.

 

Graffiti is destroying our national landmarks. I’m on a mission to stop it.Marjorie "Slim" Woodruff OPINIONMarch 2, 2016

https://www.hcn.org/articles/graffitis-destroying-our-national-landmarks-im-on-a-mission-to-stop-it

Park Service policy is to remove such vandalism within 24 hours.  Unmolested graffiti invites others to leave their mark. Not to mention that it is ugly. 

Why do they do it? One tourist explained, “If I don’t write my name, how will anyone know I was here?

May 04, 2020
How Does Littering Affect the Environment?https://www.texasdisposal.com/blog/the-real-cost-of-littering/

But why do people intentionally litter? The justification behind littering is quite simple and generally boils down to one of four reasons:

Laziness or carelessness
Lack of access to trash receptacles
Presence of litter already in the area
 

Litter Causes Pollution

As litter degrades, chemicals and microparticles are released. These chemicals aren’t natural to the environment and can, therefore, cause a number of problems. For example, cigarette butts can contain chemicals such as arsenic and formaldehyde. These poisons can make their way into the soil and freshwater sources, impacting both humans and animals. In fact, 60% of water pollution is attributed to litter.

Litter Kills Wildlife

Animals are innocent victims affected by litter every day. Researchers estimate that over one million animals die each year after ingesting, or becoming entrapped in, improperly discarded trash.

Plastic litter is the most common killer of animals, and marine animals are the most notably affected. Each year over 100,000 dolphins, fish, whales, turtles, and more drown after becoming entangled in or digesting plastic litter.

 

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