Revoke New Adirondack High Peaks Camping Restriction

Revoke New Adirondack High Peaks Camping Restriction

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Joseph Murray started this petition to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New regulations in effect starting 2020 will ban at-large camping in the Adirondack Central High Peaks zone.

This petition is to prevent this new rule from going into effect and allow current camping rules to remain.

With the new rule, the situation in 2020 will be: if visitors hike to the limited number of Designated Campsites in an area, and find them already occupied, then they will be forced to hike back out unexpectedly (possibly many miles, possibly in darkness) with no opportunity to use an alternate spot. Current rules allow an alternate spot 150’ from water or trails as a backup plan, which will no longer be allowed in 2020.

This makes for uncertain, difficult, and possibly unsafe situations for those wishing to camp in the Central High Peaks. Further, it will put Forest Rangers in the unreasonable situation of having to enforce these rules, ensuring that violators pack up and leave the area, again possibly requiring several miles unexpected hike, possibly in dark conditions, which could cause a safety hazard.

The new regulation is part of the NYS DEC 2018 Amendments to the High Peaks Unit Management Plans.

With enough signers the DEC may rethink this portion of an otherwise very good set of amendments.

Read the document yourself at the link below. This petition specifically addresses the clause on page 121:  "A designated primitive campsite is one identified by a DEC permissive sign or disk and campers may not camp in excess of 15 feet from such signs or disks. To define proper camp locations, disperse use and limit adverse impacts to resources and other campers, a regulation will be adopted to prohibit camping further than 15 feet from a camping disk throughout the HPWC.":

https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/hpwcumpamend.pdf

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