The new possible Boreas Ponds tract plan…

For the past two years, I’ve visited the breathtaking Boreas Ponds in the Adirondack Mountains.   I’ve hiked the 3 1/2 miles from the Gulf Brook Road parking through the old logging roads, past the LaBier Flow, through more logging roads and old hunting cabins … and then I see it.  That amazing view of the Boreas Ponds with the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance.

Of course, as I grow older, it becomes more difficult for me to do that hike.  Heck, last year I barely made it back to my car (thank God for the two Americorps volunteers who drove me back).

That being said … if the Adirondack Park Agency comes through with this upcoming vote … I might be able to visit the Boreas Ponds more often.

Let me explain.

According to the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, they will consider a plan that will provide the best of both worlds, both for environmentalists and for recreationalists.  The plan, known as Proposal 2B, would designate 11,412 acres of the Boreas Ponds as Wilderness (no motorized vehicles, but the ability to hike or canoe) and 9,118 acres as Wild Forest (snowmobiles and other motor vehicles permitted).

Now I haven’t seen this plan … but I did read one very tantalizing portion in the Press-Republican story.

“Under the APA staff recommendation, Wild Forest lands end a quarter mile from the Boreas Ponds.”

Which makes me suspect … motor vehicles MIGHT be permitted to drive as far as the LaBier Flow.

And if I can at least navigate my car to the LaBier Flow and park it…

I certainly can hike the remaining quarter of a mile to the Ponds itself.  At least in my advanced age I can.  Trust me.  I was built for comfort, not for speed.

This is kind of a big deal for me.  I want to get more shots of the Boreas Ponds.   I want to pick up a sunrise there.  Maybe a sunset too.  And I haven’t given up on that “star trails” or “milky way” photo.  No I have not.

But I also have to listen to my body.  I can’t always count on Americorps volunteers to rescue me when I can’t hike another step.  I have to count on myself and what I can personally achieve.

The Adirondack Park Agency will consider Plan 2B next week at its Ray Brook offices, and the decision would then go to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his approval and signature.

I know there were environmentalists who wanted the entire Boreas Ponds classified as “Wilderness,” without even the hint of a motor vehicle anywhere in sight.  And I also know that there are recreationalists who want to enjoy all sorts of watersports and winter sports at this previously inaccessible jewel.

Proposal 2B is a compromise that will, in theory, satisfy both parties.

And a compromise that satisfies both parties is always a good thing.

Here’s hoping it all works out.  Fingers crossed.  Cameras loaded. 😀