Published Sep 4, 2014
Do you think the 22,000 acre Sterling Forest State Park in New York -- part of the corridor of the Appalachian Trail -- would be a good place to build a casino and 7,000 car multi-story parking garage?
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) opposes the proposed Sterling Forest Resort in the Town of Tuxedo in Orange County, New York. This project would threaten the scenic beauty and the integrity of the Appalachian Trail (AT) corridor through the 22,000-acre Sterling Forest State Park. The resort is billed as a world-class destination with an estimated 6.9 million annual visitors, a casino, ski area, 1,000 hotel rooms and a 7,000 car multi-story parking garage.
The proposed site of the Sterling Forest Resort is in the center of the northern section of the state park, which was protected after years of litigation. The park, which features a 6-mile section of the AT, was created through a strong collaboration between the National Park Service, the states of New York and New Jersey, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and private conservation and trail organizations including the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the ATC. Approximately $55 million was contributed toward the purchase and protection of Sterling Forest by the federal government, the two states and the private sector.
"The magnitude of the proposed casino resort development would inevitably have a devastating impact on the immense value of the public investment to date to protect Sterling Forest," said Ron Tipton, ATC's executive director, in a written statement to the New York State Gaming Commission. "Distinct ecologic communities, unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities, and a magnificent scenic landscape are afforded to visitors of Sterling Forest. These values are the essence of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and projects of this magnitude are incongruous with the scenic and culturally significant experience that the A.T. provides to its visitors."
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