Take Action: Pepperbox Wilderness Management Plan
Ask DEC to Make Wildness a Priority in the Western Adirondacks
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced plans to revise the unit management plan (UMP) for the Pepperbox Wilderness, a relatively small and seldom-visited area in the western Adirondacks near Stillwater Reservoir. As they begin this process, they are accepting public comments to help determine what issues this plan should address, and to gauge what people are thinking in regards to recreational features and road access.
A mere 23,800 acres in size, the Pepperbox includes a cluster of wild ponds and streams between the Beaver River and West Branch Oswegatchie River. There are only two marked trails in the entire area: one to Jakes Pond and one to Gregg Lake, both in the northern third of the area. The entire Pepperbox Wilderness is very lightly used, with some of the lowest visitation rates of any wilderness in the Adirondack Park. This is not to say that the area is a subpar wilderness not worth visiting; rather, it is probably a reflection of its out-of-the-way location and largely fishless waters.
As an organization, Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, Inc. hopes that this process to revise the UMP will result in a Pepperbox that is wilder and better protected, with facilities that provide a more enjoyable user experience with less potential impact on the resource. The few trails that do exist should be better maintained, and one primitive road leading into the wilderness should be closed to public vehicular access.
Use the tool at right to generate a letter to DEC expressing your concerns for the Pepperbox Wilderness. You can submit the text as we have written it, or you can make your own changes. The deadline for submitting comments is April 11, 2019.
Send A Letter
Fill out the form below to send a comment to DEC.