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Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall begins Rail Trail meeting
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About two dozen people filled the meeting room in the North Elba Town Hall in Lake Placid Thursday evening to hear about and ask questions about the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan for an Adirondack rail-trail plan.

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A hearing Monday on a lawsuit challenging New York’s plan for a rail to trail transition along the Remsen to Lake Placid rail corridor was delayed after the judge requested more information pertaining to ownership of land along the route.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved a plan by the Departments of Conservation and Transportation to create a rail and trail corridor between Remsen and Lake Placid. But the plan remains controversial. Trail advocates praise the move, but there’s rancor from those who want the 119-mile rail corridor in the Adirondacks preserved.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
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The Preservation League of New York State has placed a controversial rail to trail project in the Adirondacks supported by the state on its list of historic properties the group says must be saved.

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The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners has determined that a plan to convert part of an existing railbed to a recreational trail in the Adirondacks conforms to state land regulations.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
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The Adirondack Park Agency Board will decide on Thursday whether a plan to create a rail and trail corridor in the Adirondacks complies with the State Land Master Plan. The controversial issue has been debated for years.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will reopen a review of an Adirondack management plan to study the feasibility of converting a rail corridor for recreational use.

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A group in the Adirondacks is advocating for what it says could be a prime recreational and economic opportunity for the region.  Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates wants to convert rail tracks in the central Adirondacks into a recreational trail. But it faces opposition from the rail company that wants to restore the tracks.