Ray Brook, NY. The agency that regulates land use in the Adirondack Park has dropped a plan to limit the number of days people can spend at private campsites. “Campsites are important to the local economy and we want to make sure what we propose doesn’t have a domino effect and negatively affect the local economies,” said agency spokesman Keith McKeever.
The proposal would have made camping at one site for more than 90 days illegal. It also would have prohibited parking a camper at a given site for more than 120 days.
Campground owners complained the regulation would have deeply hurt their earnings. Seasonal campers, many of whom park RVs and trailers at campgrounds for months, said it would keep them from spending extended periods of time in the Adirondacks.
John Sheehan, spokesman for the Adirondack Council, said the group was disappointed by the APA decision.
Sheehan added that “too many campgrounds” have turned into “trailer parks,” which are permanently affixed to water and sewer hookups and polluting nearby lakes and streams with runoff.