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Welcome to the site of The Friends of St. Regis Mt. Fire Tower

The following outlines our mission and offers a brief overview of the current situation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to save the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower and then to restore it for safe public access so it can remain permanently on the summit of St. Regis Mountain where we feel it belongs.

Overview

The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower is located on the 2,874' summit of the St. Regis Mountain in the town of Santa Clara, Franklin County in the Adirondack Forest Preserve of New York State. The current tower on St. Regis Mountain was erected in 1918 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tower provides spectacular views of the high peaks and the many water bodies of the northern Adirondacks. In 1990 St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower was closed, being one of the last four towers in the Adirondacks to be manned by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The Saint Regis Fire Tower Historic Area (SRMFTHA) Draft Unit Management Plan was released October 16, 2013. This group and other supporters are pleased with the findings and draft proposal in which it recommends alternative #4 - "Full Public Access"! The State Land Master Plan (SLMP) was amended in 2011 to designate the Saint Regis Mountain Tower Historic Area. This designation allows the tower to remain. The UMP goes further to propose maintenance of the tower to insure a safe facility for public use and enjoyment. This is a giant step in attaining our goals for tower preservation and use. We greatly appreciate the effort from the various organizations, individuals and DEC personnel for their positive response to our concerns.

Our work is not quite over. The state Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold a public hearing before determining how to preserve two mountaintop fire towers. See Latest News for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise article. To ensure our goals, we as an organization and you as individuals need to provide public comment to the APA with your support for this proposal and suggestions for its implementation. A public hearing has been rescheduled for 6 PM, April 2, 2014. The deadline for written comments is  now April 16, 2014. Written comments should be submitted to:

Kathy Regan
Senior Natural Resource Planner
NYS Adirondack Park Agency

P.O. Box 99

1133 NYS Route 86

Ray Brook, NY 12977

There has been considerable support of this historical local landmark. Over 2,500 individuals/families added their names to our petition to save the tower. Several organizations and local government bodies have written resolutions of unanimous support for the retention of this tower and it's preservation. These government bodies include the Franklin County Legislature, the Town of Santa Clara, and the Town of Brighton, the Rainbow Lake Association, and the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board.

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