Disability Access (revised 2.21.19)

MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT

Access for the disabled and mobility impaired to state forest lands and wildlife management areas

The NYSCC supports efforts to allow disabled and mobility impaired individuals to access outdoor areas and participate in recreational activities to the greatest extent possible.  This is particularly critical in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park where “forever wild” restrictions mandate careful management of motorized access.

The NYSCC opposes proposals to establish areas with limited or highly restrictive access for the benefit of a limited number of individuals.  This would include such programs as “Quiet Waters” that would set aside areas for carry-in canoeing only.  These areas should be accessible to as many people as possible, consistent with the “forever wild” principal.

Furthermore, every effort should be made to support and, indeed, encourage the use and enjoyment of the state’s outdoor areas by individuals who can navigate buildings and developed areas without assistance but are unable to venture “off the paved road” without mechanical assistance.  Very often statutes and regulations are written with only those who are fully mobility impaired in mind.