ALBANY — The State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the creation of a task force to develop comprehensive plans to protect the greater High Peaks Wilderness and address the ecological, public safety, and community issues associated with overuse.

“We applaud the Governor and DEC for recognizing that New York’s successful investment in tourism promotion has led to significant recreational pressure on some areas of the Adirondack Park, threatening natural resources and the wild character of the landscape,” said William C. Janeway, executive director of the Adirondack Council. “We are eager to work with and support this effort, bringing to the discussion current data and information on the latest techniques and best practices for user management and public education that can sustain our precious and fragile wilderness areas for generations to come.”

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