To the editor:
I received four tickets for storing boats, equipment and shelter on state land. I still think the state Adirondack Park Agency and EnCon could come up with a better permit system for tenting on state land. There are hundreds of acres where no one goes.
How about a tent permit system similar to Lynn Timber Co. lease program? Remember, tents are not permanent structures. The permit could be revoked at any time.
Did you know you can't legally cut brush or trim trees for your tent site? This puts your tent 150 feet from water or trail where there are already sites cleared, where people have tented for years.
You can get a ticket for collecting fungus. I carved my initials on a tree where there was old initials already there, possibly 100 years old - that's a ticket!
The state is pushing more people into forests with new, expanded parking lots and trailheads. One example is more new lean-tos around Spruce Lake. (They are already overcrowded.) They are also cutting new trails.
Yet the state APA doesn't want longer permits for tents, etc., that could be revoked at any time; this doesn't make sense.
I think the state APA should hold talks in schools on these issues, not just zoning. Let the public kick these ideas around.
Did you know Lynn Timber Co. has no new lease sites? I couldn't afford them anyway. My last hope is for state and APA to issue longer tent permits so I can camp legally in wilderness. I'm 73 and have nothing better to do than camp and fish - summer and winter. I'm hoping APA personnel will bring this idea to the attention of the governor and reconsider this also.
I'm thinking of better use for everyone in the Park, especially in the future. Incidentally, EnCon tranquilized a moose instead of shooting it, then transported it to our North Country.
My court appearance date is Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., Old Piseco Road, Piseco, if you want to show support for or against some of these issues. The ranger is going to be there if he can. You don't even have to get out of your car if you don't want to. I'm just going to take a picture of the parking lot and send it to the governor.
Lewis N. Page Sr.
P.S.: See you on the trail. Wild forest forever.