April 25, 2014

Adirondack pilots petition Governor to keep Lows Lake open

Lows Lake Float Plane APA DECOn April 15, a group of 14 Adirondack area pilots representing dozens more throughout the North Country wrote to Governor Cuomo, D.E.C. Commissioner Martens and 11 area State Legislators asking that Lows Lake remain open to float plane use after the scheduled December 31, 2011 closure.

The man made lake which is bounded by public and private lands and located about 20 miles southwest of Tupper Lake is the last large back country lake still open to float planes. In the 1970′s officials began the process of closing dozens of waterbodies which were previously available to the historically traditional Adirondack float plane.

Lows Lake now also represents 40 to 50 percent of the revenue to the two remaining Adirondack commercial float plane businesses.

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Authority promised in the middle of the last decade that, before they closed Lows Lake to float planes, they would find a substitute. They haven’t. The north country pilots that signed these letters believe that there should be tolerance, respect, and an opportunity for the reasonable coexistance of all traditional Adirondack stakeholders.

For more information contact Brad Parker
Phone: (518)359-3529
Email: bradfordparker@hotmail.com

Click here to read the letter.

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