Group proposes new southern Adirondack wilderness

By The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y.  - An environmental group has proposed establishing a new wilderness area in the southern Adirondacks combining almost 4,000 acres of timberland New York recently bought with about 9,000 acres of century-old state forest preserve.

Protect the Adirondacks says that designation, which prohibits motorized vehicles, fits since the area west of Great Sacandaga Lake has no roads.

It would reclassify part of what's now the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. The land is in Fulton and Hamilton counties.

Peter Bauer, executive director, says Friday the new state land allows consolidating the older tracts into a cohesive and protected area of rugged terrain with low ridges, the meandering West Stony Creek and wetlands.

The group has an online petition.

The head of the state snowmobilers' association says he'd want to see details.

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