Today's storm is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the incredible accomplishments made on the Adirondack Rail Trail and in our communities in 2022 and set our sights high—or should we say far—in 2023. Over the past 12 months: the NYSDOT transferred jurisdiction of the Adirondack Rail Trail to NYSDEC; DEC received necessary permits from the APA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; ARTA hired an Executive Director; NYS awarded Kubricky Construction Corp. of Wilton the contract to construct the first 9.75 miles of the Adirondack Rail Trail; Construction on the Adirondack Rail Trail officially began; ARTA began entering into memorandums of understanding with municipalities along the Adirondack Rail Trail; and snowmobiles, skiers, snowshoes, and cyclist share the trail this winter!
In 2023, ARTA has ambitious goals: enter into memorandums of understanding with the remaining municipalities along the rail trail and a volunteer stewardship agreement with the DEC; launch a digital infrastructure project for the trail that includes a new website; print and distribute thousands of Adirondack Rail Trail brochures across the region; develop multi-community plans with municipalities and businesses along the Adirondack Rail Trail; be there every step of the way as trail construction is completed by September; and more!
Interested in volunteering with ARTA? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in supporting ARTA's work? Donate online or write a check payable to ARTA or Adirondack Rail Trail Association and mail it to ARTA, PO Box 1081, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.
Revisit some of 2022's highlights for the Adirondack Rail Trail:
March: The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT), in cooperation with the Office of General Services (OGS), today announced the completion of the transfer of jurisdiction for a 34-mile segment of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor (DEC).
August: The state Adirondack Park Agency issued a wetland permit to the DEC on Aug. 11, approving the DEC's planned work to finish up the rail-trail project (Adirondack Daily Enterprise).
October: ARTA announced the appointment of Brian Woods as its Executive Director (Adirondack Explorer).
November: Governor Kathy Hochul announced the start of construction for the Adirondack Rail Trail (NYS Governor's Office). Brian Woods speaks to BikeADK about the start of construction (Bike ADK).
December: ARTA entered into memorandums of understanding with the Village of Saranac Lake, the Town of Harrietstown, the Town of Tupper Lake, and the Village of Tupper Lake. The Adirondack Rail Trail opens for snowmobiling and other winter activities. Construction will halt and begin again sometime in the spring (Adirondack Explorer).