Steven Salyards (salyards@EURIDICE.ESS.UCLA.EDU)
Tue, 4 Aug 1992 07:35:45 PDT
Don, Paul, and others at Scouts-L
Thanks for the update on the condition of the Adirondacks. Having spent
much time in the region (including 5 years as a scout and 4 years on staff
at the Massawepie Scout Reservation of the Otetiana Council) I have seen the
gradual decline in the water quality from the mid-60's to near the present.
All four years that I was on camp staff we had a nesting pair of ospry on
one of the arms of the lake. I have lost track of their status since my
dad has stopped going to camp with the troop. When I was last there in
1980 there was still a reasonable and vocal loon population.
Our troop would take the older scouts on a three day canoe trip the
second week of camp every year. The opportunities in the Adirondacks are
numerous and these trips that the camp would support were the foundation
for the Otetiana Council's involvment in the present TREX program. I would
highly recommend them if your troop is considering it.
For those who are not familier with the Adirondacks, the Adirondack
State Park is the largest park of any kind outside of Alaska and is
preserved to be "forever wild" by the New York State Constitution (although
with land swaps and encroaching development the true meaning of this is
debateable and I did on several occasions with the reservation director
while I was on staff). If I remember correctly, the state land alone is
over 6 million acres with most of the remaining private land inside the "blue
line" (the Adirondack forest preserve boundary line) tightly controlled.
I could wax poetic about the Adirondacks for quite a while (just ask
my wife) but I'll save the bandwidth and just encourage your consideration.
As an endorsement, let me just say that for 25 years, I spent as much time
there as I could and I'll be glad to share specific recommendations
by private e-mail. And yes, the view from Mt. Marcy is spectacular
in February as well as July.
Steve Salyards no active scouting at present
Southern California Earthquake Center@UCLA
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