- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state has given final approval to land classifications for 42,000 acres in the central Adirondack Mountains, designating most wilderness or primitive areas where motors are prohibited, while authorizing some new snowmobile routes.

The designations were recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for recreation and protecting former Finch, Pruyn timberlands the state now owns.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved them Friday.

They designate the 23,494-acre Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area and 9,940-acre Essex Chain Primitive Area. Land in between will be designated wild forest, with trails on existing roads expected to connect Indian Lake, Newcomb and Minerva for snowmobiling and mountain biking.

Planes will be able to land on First and Pine lakes, with one road into the Essex Chain for handicapped access.