Sterling Forest Trails Plan Draft Comments Needed by 12/05

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Sterling Forest Trails Plan Draft Comments Needed by 12/05

Postby mergs » Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:01 pm

Dear Trail Advocates,

For many years, Art White and Norm Albrecht have been representing the mountain bikers in the development of the Sterling Forest Trails Plan. This park, and the adjacent Ringwood State Park represent a potential of 8000 acres of riding, half of which will be new riding at Sterling Forest (where its currently prohibited). I want to thank Art, Ellen and Norm for being involved and crafting this plan into a new opportunity for mountain biking in Sterling Forest and advocating a linking up of Ringwood with Sterling. This dream, according to the plan below may soon become a reality: the plan opens up a significant amount of the park to multi-use, including mountain biking. 8)

This is a copy/paste of Mike Vitti's, CLIMB President and NY IMBA Rep, post on mtbr.com. If you are interested in supporting this new riding riding opportunities, especially if you are a NY state resident, please feel free to comment on the plan. We have not been provided with a specific means to comment, but if you'd like to a constructive comment via to Mr. Reinhardt below, please feel free to contact him.

[Mike Vitti says:]

I already sent my comments representing all IMBA members in the area.

If you want to send additional comments, please feel free. We basically want to make sure we have access to some single track trails and we will help maintain those trails. You can also mention how friendly people really are when encountered on shared trails.

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To Trails Council members,
Below is the notice that just went out regarding the Sterling Forest Draft Trails Plan.

Dear Interested Parties,
I am pleased to inform you that the Sterling Forest State Park Comprehensive Trails Plan and Environmental Assessment has been completed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) to address a range of trail issues in the Park. During the development of the Master Plan (2001), it was determined that trail issues would be best served if addressed within the scope of a comprehensive trails plan. Over the past several years, the OPRHP and PIPC worked cooperatively with a Study Group to assess and develop a trail system for the Park. The results and recommendations are presented in the Draft Trails Plan.
The document includes a Vision and Goals section, Inventory and Analysis of all trails, Trail System Alternatives, the Draft Plan, and an Environmental Review section. Trail uses in the Plan include single track and family hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and interpretive trails. Efforts have been made to provide linkages to trail systems outside of the Park including the Appalachian Trail, Harriman State Park and trail systems located in New Jersey .
The Draft Plan is available on the OPRHP website at: http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/news/publicdocuments/. The Agency will accept comments on this document until close of business December 5, 2008. The Agency intends to issue a negative declaration under SEQRA and adopt a final plan in December 2008.
Comments can be sent to:
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Robert W. Reinhardt, Director
Bureau of Resource and Facility Planning
Agency Building 1, 17th Floor
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12238
(518) 486-2909
Fax (518) 474-7013
Robert.Reinhardt@oprhp.state.ny.us

Thank you for your interest in the development of the draft Trails Plan.

Sincerely,

Robert W. Reinhardt
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