DEC to hold High Peaks, Vanderwhacker meeting

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting on plans for major changes to the High Peaks and Vanderwhacker Mountain management areas of the Adirondacks.

The DEC is hosting its third public meeting on the plans Thursday, June 21 in the Lussi Ballroom at the Olympic Conference Center on Main Street in Lake Placid. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The DEC put together amendments for both the High Peaks Wilderness Area and the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest unit management plans that incorporate the newly classified Boreas Ponds Tract and several other large parcels. The new High Peaks will combine the existing wilderness area and the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area, along with much of the Boreas Ponds and MacIntyre East and West tracts to form a new wilderness area that will contain more than 260,000 acres.

Written comments regarding the management proposals in either of the draft UMP amendments may be mailed to Robert Ripp, forester, NYSDEC, 232 Golf Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885, or sent via email to

The DEC previously held two meetings on the plans, one in Albany and one in Newcomb, both on the same day.

To view or download the proposed amendment to the High Peaks, go to, for the Vanderwhacker plan, go to