BeWildNY Wilderness Proposal
Protect as Wilderness the Boreas Ponds, the watershed around and above the ponds and a
minimum one-mile buffer to the south. Allow motorized access to limited parking at LaBier Flow
at least one mile from the ponds. Provide an accessible trail to the ponds for people with disabilities.
Provide Wilderness protection for the Boreas River to the Blue Ridge Highway.
Motorized Boreas Ponds (State Alt 1)
Does not prohibit motorized and mechanized recreation on 10,364 acres including the Boreas Ponds and the lands around the Ponds, all of the Gulf Brook and Boreas Ponds Roads and all lands to the south of the roads, plus LaBier Flow. Expands the High Peaks Wilderness by 10,178 acres, but does not protect as Wilderness the most sensitive natural resources.
Motorized to Boreas Ponds Shore (State Alt 2)
Motorized vehicles could be permitted to the shore of the Boreas Ponds on 9,220 acres not classified as Wilderness. Classifies 11,323 acres and all of the Boreas Ponds and most but not all of the land around the ponds as Wilderness. Splits the remaining parts of the tract with Wilderness north of Gulf Brook Road and non-Wilderness to the south.
False Wilderness (State Alt 3)
The same as Alternative 2 with motorized use to the shore of the Boreas Ponds, and the same, long non-Wilderness corridor and road running 4.5 miles through forest proposed for “Wilderness” in Alternative 4.
Faux-Wilderness (State Alt 4)
Looks good, but it’s not. No public motorized recreation closer to Boreas Ponds than the LaBier Flow dam/Four Corners Jct. approx. one mile south of the ponds with 16,006 acres classified as Wilderness and 118 acres classified as “Primitive” (allowing state but not public vehicles, and potentially allowing mountain bikes). Approx.5,755 acres are not protected as Wilderness. Unfortunately, a motorized corridor 50’ wide penetrates 4.5 miles into Wilderness and the state would still maintain a road to the shore of Boreas Ponds.