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For Immediate Release: June 14, 2019

Keith P. McKeever | keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov 
Public Information Officer | Adirondack Park Agency | Press Office | (518) 891-4050

APA and DEC Hold Public Comment Period for Proposed Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites

Ray Brook, NY - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed management guidance for the design and layout of primitive tent sites on State Lands in the Adirondack Park. The APA and DEC will accept comments until July 18, 2019 The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan defines a primitive tent site as "a designated tent site of an undeveloped character providing space for not more than three tents, which may have an associated pit privy and fire ring, designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people on a temporary or transient basis, and located so as to accommodate the need for shelter in a manner least intrusive on the surrounding environment."

One of the primary reasons people visit the Adirondack Forest Preserve is to participate in outdoor activities. Tent camping is one of the most popular ways to further enjoy other recreational activities such as hiking, boating, fishing, and hunting.

The proposed guidance only pertains to primitive tent sites outside of DEC Campgrounds and provides Forest Preserve managers with standards for constructing, operating, and maintaining primitive tent sites including roadside camping. In addition, the proposed guidance will provide the public with sustainable and accessible accommodations.

Best management practices that address camping permits, size limits, improvements, and universal accessibility for primitive tent sites are included and detailed in the management document.

Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites is available to view or download from the APA Website  APA.NY.GOV.

Written comments pertaining to the proposed management guideline management actions as well as their conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan can be sent to:

Richard Weber, Deputy Director for Planning NYS Adirondack Park Agency P.O. Box 99 Ray Brook, NY 12977 Fax: 518-891-3938

Email  SLMP_UMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov

The deadline for comments is July 18, 2019.