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APA puts off decision on Adirondack land

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RAY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - The Adirondack Park Agency's monthly meeting is coming up this week, but it won't be taking action on the controversial issue of how to classify the newest additions to the state Forest Preserve.

The agency is considering seven options for 47,000 acres of former Finch, Pruyn (prine) timber land in the towns of Indian Lake, Minerva and Newcomb. The possibilities include wilderness, primitive, canoe and wild forest.

Environmental groups want wilderness, the most restrictive category, which prohibits motors or mountain bikes. Local town officials are pressing for wild forest classification, which would allow some motorized access. They say it's the only option that will bring them economic benefits.

An APA decision has been put off until at least October but some discussion is planned at Thursday's session in Ray Brook.

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