Monday, January 17, 2022

DEC installs new Five Ponds Wilderness footbridge

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has replaced a 30-year-old footbridge in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area in the town of Fine, St. Lawrence County. The newly installed Glasby Creek footbridge is located on the High Falls Loop Trail, which is part of the popular Cranberry Lake 50 trail system.

To complete the project, DEC staged bridge materials at the SUNY ESF Ranger School in Wanakena and DEC staff canoed up the Oswegatchie River to reach the construction site and replace the bridge with materials and equipment delivered by a New York State Police Aviation helicopter. The materials to replace the bridge cost approximately $2,000 supported by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

cranberry lake footbridge

Student Conservation Association Crew Completes Bridge Projects

Check out these recent photos from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) Adirondacks Corps. The crew teamed up with DEC staff to finish the railings on the LaBier Flow foot bridge and another on the northern end of the Hoffman Notch Trail. Work also included installing earthen ramps for the LaBier Bridge.

The three folks on this SCA crew are all returning members from the summer team. Curious about what they and the rest of the team accomplished May-October of this year? You can view project stats and staff profiles in their summer report, now available on DEC’s website.

foot bridge


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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

4 Responses

  1. Wally Elton says:

    How much did the helicopter trip(s) cost? They should not be used in Wilderness unless there is no other option. Not no other convenient option.

  2. Jeffrey L Weaver says:

    Is this type of construction legal in a wilderness area?

    • Boreas says:

      Strictly legal, no. But certainly not without precedent. Seen the ladders, stairs, bridges, and lean-tos sprinkled around the peaks? Probably will continue unless seriously challenged in court.

  3. Tom Paine says:

    How many trees were cut down?