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[at-l] New Hiking Maps Available / Hiker parking fees in NH have started (fwd)
- Subject: [at-l] New Hiking Maps Available / Hiker parking fees in NH have started (fwd)
- From: "Richard S. Lubitz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 23 May 1997 10:48:32 -0400 (EDT)
This may be of interest to list members in the NY, NJ area
also it gives details on the NH parking fees matter.
> From NYNJTC@aol.com Thu May 22 17:27:12 1997
> From: NYNJTC@aol.com
> Date: Thu, 22 May 1997 16:15:35 -0400 (EDT)
> Message-ID: <email@example.com>
> To: NYNJTC@aol.com
> Subject: New Hiking Maps Available / Hiker parking fees in NH have started
> The Trail Conference is pleased to announce the publication of
> new editions of two new map sets. Our newly-revised East Hudson
> Trails 3-map set includes trails recently established in the Hubbard-Perkins
> Conservation Area, adjacent to Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County, NY.
> It also includes the new Undercliff Trail in Hudson Highlands State Park
> (formal opening takes place on National Trails Day, June 7th - all welcome).
> Under the leadership of Chris Cesar, a volunteer with expertise in field
> checking -- and an extensive knowledge of the East Hudson area -- many
> other changes and corrections were made to this map set. Multiple-purpose
> (horse, bike + foot) trails are now indicated with a distinct shading.
> The new edition of our Shawangunk 4-map set shows the network
> of trails just re-constructed by Conference volunteers in the Sam's Point
> Preserve, formerly known as Ice Caves Mountain -- including an
> extension of the Long Path south of the magnificent Verkeerder Kill Falls.
> It also incorporates changes to other trails on Mohonk Preserve, Mohonk
> Mountain House and Minnewaska State Park properties including
> re-routes of the Blueberry Run Trail and Long Path.
> The price of each map set is $8.95, plus applicable postage and
> tax (when sent to NY addresses). Trail Conference members receive a
> 25% discount, ($6.75). An order form is in the Trail Walker you received
> New editions of South Taconic Trails (1-map) and North Jersey Trails
> (2-maps) are also scheduled for publication in 1997 ...as is an all new 1st
> edition trail; guide forthe Shawangunks ...and a complete revision of the
> New York Walk Book. The Walk Book will be published as a two volume set;
> one on NY and the other on NJ. They will be available separately or as a
> combo set.
> Also in the works is an all-new Daywalker covering shorter hikes and walks in
> the NY Metropolitan area, most accessible by public transit. Look for the
> Daywalker in early 1998.
> According to a recent report in the Manchester Union Leader, hikers,
> mountain bikers and other backcountry users in New Hampshire's White
> Mountain National Forest will need a parking pass to leave their vehicle
> unattended at trailheads under a program begun ithis month. The
> $20 season pass or the $5 weekly pass, is available at all ranger stations
> and at other selected areas. The fee program is part of a new federal pilot
> project designed to keep 95% of the revenues from individual national
> forests there for improvements. In the past, any proceeds went to
> "Our commitment is to keep the White Mountain National Forest
> open and to maintain and enhance our trails, trailhead facilities, developed
> facilities and wildlife viewing opportunities," said Donna Hepp,
> supervisor of the 771,000-acre forest. Some 7 million people annually
> visit the White Mountain National Forest. Currently, all money collected
> by the Forest Service goes straight into the federal Treasury. Staffing has
> been cut back 20 percent through attrition and early retirements.
> Improvement projects which were once funded are sitting idle, said
> a spokesperson.
> The hope is that if more than a half-million dollars is brought in
> through pass sales the first year, trail improvements will begin and
> planning will be implemented for summer 1998 seasonal staff and projects
> during this coming winter. About 15 percent of the pass proceeds will be
> used on administration. The first priority, she said, is "to hack away
> at the backlog of trail maintenance and improvements. We hope if
> things are real positive we can improve trail signage. Our hope is
> we will continue to provide high-quality trail and interpretative infor-
> mation to help people plan for trips.:
> The forest received several hundred thousand dollars for startup
> costs, which include printing of the passes and signs that will be placed at
> hundreds of roadside locations along the White Mountain National Forest.
> People who just come for the day are still expected to participate
> but those who picnic and sightseers who stop briefly are not expected to
> pay the fee, nor are those who arrive on mountain bikes or by foot.
> Enforcement is not the emphasis this year, officials said, noting there are
> no plans to bring in tickets. "Informing recreation users about the new fee
> project will be the emphasis this year." -----
> The article, by the way, did not mention the thousands of volunteer hours
> contributed each year to the White Mointain National Forest by the
> Appalachian Mtn. Club and other groups.
> We wish you all a happy, safe and outdoor Memorial Day Weekend.
> Welcome Summer...!
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