- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NEWCOMB, N.Y. (AP) - The Boreas Ponds tract recently purchased by the state in the central Adirondacks is now open to hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and others under the Department of Environmental Conservation’s access plan.

The plan announced Wednesday for the 20,758-acre tract adjacent to the High Peaks Wilderness Area is temporary while the state drafts a formal classification plan dictating what uses are allowed. Environmental groups want to limit vehicle access, while surrounding towns want to expand it.

The interim access plan allows paddlers to drive to within 3 miles of the ponds and carry boats from there. Bicycles are allowed on 6.7 miles of roadway up to the edge of the ponds. Horses and horse-drawn wagons are allowed on about 25 miles of seven roadways.

Details are on the DEC website (https://on.ny.gov/2bSZ7Hk ).

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