Keene town officials and volunteers working on ways to better handle the expected overload of hikers this summer and fall are looking to learn from other popular destinations around the country.
On Monday, St. Lawrence University Professor Pete Pettingill, an expert on the subject, will present some case studies from National Parks in Keene.
Pettingill’s talk, “Recreation and Transportation Case Studies from the National Parks,” will take place on Monday, February 24, 7 pm, at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Town of Keene has formed a volunteer-led strategic planning committee to make recommendations for the 2020 hiking season.
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has also created a special High Peaks Advisory Group to work on the problem. At the same time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is recommending a Route 73 shuttle bus this summer to move hikers in and out of Keene Valley trail heads safely and efficiently.
You can read more about this subject and the issues being discussed here.
Map of Giant Loop Overuse in 2017 by Nancy Bernstein, courtesy the Adirondack Council. A legend to that map, and more maps about this topic can be found here.