Towns and citizens unite to sustain Moose River Plains

Above: A paddler takes in the scenery on Raquette Lake on the northern edge of the Moose River Plains.

When the Moose River Plains was in danger of closing because of budget cuts, the towns of Indian Lake and Inlet agreed to support the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with maintenance and other services. To provide a perpetual resource for important projects, they established the Sustain the Moose River Plains Fund at Adirondack Foundation. The fund’s first major initiative was the Backcountry Stewardship Program, which helped young rangers maintain the integrity of the wild forest area while keeping it open to some 50,000 visitors annually.

Last year the DEC was able to assign a full-time forest ranger in the Long Lake/Inlet area, so grant money from the fund will now be used for physical infrastructure upgrades to access points around the Moose River Plains. Plans for this year include building supplies for picnic tables that will be assembled either by local high school shop classes or municipal workers, a convenience for visitors that will be added in spring of 2015. Three cheers to the towns of Inlet and Indian Lake and the generous people who contribute to the Fund that will keep on giving to the Moose River Plains.

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