I received the letter below from Russ Holland, the New York State liaison for the RAF. I've copied page 10 so you can see the summarized comments, pro and con. The whole report is 28 pages long. If anyone wants to see it send me you email address and I'll forward it to you.
You may remember that late last fall, there was a call for input to possible amendments to the New York State Land Master Plan. My request for support was responded to by many of you as well as many here in NY. Our focus was recreational aviation of course, particularly seaplane access to bodies of water within the Adirondack Park.
I have attached a copy of the outline summary released, and am pleased to note that our comments are included, primarily on page 10, and that the balance of comments is in favor of reasoned and environmentally conscious access.
Thanks for your help during the comment period,
New York State Liaison
Recreational Aviation Foundationrholland@theRAF.org
315.790.2824http://www.theRAF.orgHere's page 10. It didn't copy in the original format so it's a little hard to read, but the comments go from dot to dot.
I. Float Planes/Sea Planes
• Request that no more restrictions be placed on seaplane operations in your system and that you expand usage for seaplane activities. • Designate additional areas in the Adirondacks for float plane usage. • Seaplanes provide a means of transportation to these lakes for physically impaired nature lovers, without the long journey sitting in an automobile. And of course, we don't pollute the ground air with exhaust and leave no footprint on the environment due to our visit to the lakes. Noise generated by seaplanes is often less than that from Personal Water Craft, and lasts only a short time, primarily during the departure. Our members are VERY environmentally conscious and have taken significant actions to minimize their impact on the environment. We would be happy to provide the results of noise studies performed on seaplane operations. • Do not lump seaplanes and seaplane operations with other forms of motorized water operations in the Adirondack Park region. Seaplane operations are neither intrusive nor environmentally stressful and provide access to otherwise inaccessible areas for ourdoorsmen and women including the handicapped. • DEC promised to designate additional lakes for float plane access when Lows Lake was closed to float planes, which has not occurred. • We lost Third Lake in Essex Chains as well as Lows. • Want access to Friends Lake and other lakes recently withdrawn from the Access List. • The entire park should be opened to aviation. • Float planes are a way of life in Alaska. The APSLMP treats planes like the plague. • Distinguish between motorized access and seaplanes. Sea planes have a minimal wake and are not continuously operated for propulsion once visitors have landed. • Expand floatplane access, but no floatplanes in Wilderness. • Open Round Pond, Queer Lake, Whitney in West Canada Wilderness and Lows Lake to floatplanes.
• Concerned that float planes will bring in invasive species. • Strongly opposes changes to the APSLMP that would permit floatplanes to land and take off from lakes and ponds in Wilderness, Primitive, and Canoe Areas