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Vote YES On Ballot Proposition 5!

Submitted by Elizabeth Mooney on Thu, 2013-10-17 14:18.

Attention New York State Voters: Please make your voice heard on an important environmental issue when you cast your ballot on Nov. 5.

The land swap involved with Proposition 5  would add 1,500 acres to New York State's forest  preserve.The land swap involved with Proposition 5 would add 1,500 acres to New York State's forest preserve.Proposal 5 would let NYCO Minerals Inc. expand its pit mine into a 200-acre tract of adjacent state forest land to follow a vein of wollastonite - a crystalline white mineral used in ceramics and paints and as a safe substitute for asbestos. 

In return, the company would give the state 1,500 acres of forest land. Once the ore was mined out, in about a decade, the company also would fill in the 200-acre excavation site and replant it, before returning it back to state ownership.

Labor unions, Essex County supervisors, the State Association of Counties and numerous other Adirondack governmental entities have endorsed Proposition 5. Several environmental groups say it would preserve about 100 jobs and provide new access to peaks and streams.

Neil Woodworth, executive director of the Adirondack Mountain Club, said the state would obtain, among other things, a pair of trout streams and new access to Jay Mountain, where a long, rocky ridgeline provides spectacular views of the Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains.

The Adirondack Council said the land swap meets its benchmarks for significant improvement to the Forest Preserve and affected communities.

The New York League of Conservation Voters is proud to lend our support to this initiative, too. Please vote YES on Proposition 5 on Nov. 5!

Full text of Proposal Five (108KB).


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