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"Pamela Murdock" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Don Sage" <email@example.com>
Friday, June 20, 2003 3:04 PM
help for hunting club
I'm president of the East River Rod and Gun Club located in
Tahawus. We lease 3800 acres from Finch Pruyn and are desperately
in need of members to meet our lease payment agreement by Sept.
30. I thought you might be able to help by checking with your
contacts about sportsman's show schedules for this summer where
we might be able to man a booth at a reasonable price to recruit
new members. Any ideas would be appreciated. The club has been
in existence since 1962, but with more and more restrictions
from our "friends" at APA and ever rising charges from
Finch we are having a very tough time.
We pay Finch roughly $25000 a year to use their land (private
property) but because of the APA we can"t set up a
tent because that would make it a campground and APA has total
jurisdiction over campgrounds. Our 4 wheeler trails have been
closed to us cause APA says repeated use of a trail atvs makes
it a road and all roads need permits. We cant get them open cause
they all cross class 4 wetlands (denoted by the presence of red
spruce and soft maple). Of course that describes the whole Adirondacks.
Finch said that they would apply for a variance for trails in
a year or two of non-use so they can show APA how the land heals
itself, but any permit they have received recently has contained
a stipulation that if accepted the APA would have unlimited,
unrestricted, right to unannounced visits on all of Finch's [land]
in the Adirondacks (162,000 acres) anytime. Finch has wisely
turned down those permits. WHO THE HELL DO THESE B-----DS THINK
THEY ARE, THE GESTAPO? Also in a letter about our lease, Finch
was glad they dodged another proposed APA regulation at least
for another year. Apparently APA is trying to change the use
of hunting and fishing camps to restrict their use to no more
than 14 days a year with no more than 7 of them contiguous. These
people are power mad.
Well enough of my rant, thanks for any help you can give us
with that list.