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NYS examines trail overuse, improved hiker safety in Adirondacks

Recommendations include better enforced parking regulations by state police and forest rangers, human waste management, and education.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — With the growing uptick in visitors to New York's Adirondack region, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is considering several new measures to reduce trail overuse and improve hiker safety.

An advisory group released its recommendations this past week, which include better enforced parking regulations by state police and forest rangers, human waste management, and education.

The High Peaks advisory group also wants to use signs and social media to inform hikers of closures, which would also prevent overcrowding.

"I commend the efforts of the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group in developing this important report which provides solid recommendations to further enhance our ongoing efforts to manage use and protect our irreplaceable natural treasures. The work of these partners, particularly during these challenging times, is a testament to our shared commitment to protecting the Adirondack Park," DEC commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.

"With the growing uptick in visitors to the High Peaks region, compounded this past summer by New Yorkers desperate to get outside as a respite from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's critical that DEC and our partners work together to protect these irreplaceable lands for future generations by promoting sustainable recreation, supporting local communities, and improving the visitor experience, and we look forward to working with all partners to continue and expand our ongoing efforts."