By CHRIS KNIGHT, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, link to original post
The state Adirondack Park Agency voted Thursday to approve a new unit management plan for the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area in the central Adirondacks. The 38,500-acre wilderness area is located just west of the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) in the Essex County towns of North Hudson, Minerva and Schroon.
The UMP includes proposals to add several miles of new trails and construct two new trailhead parking areas, several new tent sites and a lean-to. One of the new sections of trail would be a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trial, which runs from South Dakota to Maine. The plan also includes a recommendation to restore native brook trout to Marion Pond.
APA planner Kevin Prickett said the agency received seven public comment letters on the plan, most of them in support of the development of a NCNST segment through the unit. The agency also received public comment that urged the state to open up parts of the wilderness to motorized recreation, but Prickett said that would conflict with wilderness principles.