New York steps up parking enforcement in Adirondack High Peaks

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The Adirondack High Peaks reflected in Boreas Pond

The Adirondack High Peaks (including snow-capped Mount Marcy, the state’s highest summit) reflected in Boreas Pond in North Hudson, November 2015. Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed to purchasing the 22,000-acre Boreas Pond tract from the Nature Conservancy by the end of March 2015, completing the acquisition of 69,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn timber company lands to expand the state’s constitutionally protected Forest Preserve. (AP / Mary Esch)

Adirondack High Peak hikers beware: The state is stepping up parking enforcement in the area.
  
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that at least 70 parking tickets were issued last weekend in the High Peaks and Giant Mountain wilderness areas.
  
The state Department of Environmental Conservation and local police have increased patrols along a 4-mile stretch of Route 73, where roadside parking is now prohibited.
  
The state recently announced new parking restrictions along the winding and heavily traveled route. The restrictions come as the DEC is encouraging hikers to visit other areas of the Adirondacks.
  
A representative of the rangers’ union told the newspaper that enforcing parking restrictions near trailheads has had a “disastrous” impact on rangers’ day-to-day operations.
  
Each ticket carries a $250 fine along with court fees.

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