Protect the Adirondacks recently filed a new round of legal papers, our “Answers” in our lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the construction of 9-12 foot wide class II community connector snowmobile trails across the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The defendants, the State of New York, submitted a motion for summary judgment in 2015. This filing of legal papers completes the submissions for both sides.
Protect the Adirondacks is challenging the constitutionality of the the construction by the State of New York of a network of large road-like trails through the forever wild Forest Preserve. PROTECT believes that these “trails” violate Article 14, Section 1, the “forever wild” provision of the State Constitution, due to the vast number of trees being cut and the immense alteration of the Forest Preserve. This lawsuit was started in 2013.
To date, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have completed, started or planned over 36.5 miles of these road-like trails resulting in clearing of between 40-53 acres of forest lands and the destruction of over 31,000 trees. The state has cut down over 15,000 trees so far during construction of the trails.
In mid-November, all papers were filed.
Here are filing submitted on behalf of Protect the Adirondacks.
Here are the filings on behalf of the State of New York:
Loretta Simon, Memorandum of Law, Office of the Attorney General
Tate Connor Affidavit, NYSDEC
Tim Howard Affidavit, NYSDEC
Jonathon DeSantis Affidavit, NYSDEC
Rob Ripp Affidavit, NYSDEC
Peter Frank, NYSDEC
Oral arguments are scheduled for December.