There are many reasons why we feel the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower should be saved. Listed below are a few to consider:
- Fire towers serve to remind us of the value of our forest.
- The preservation of the St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower is overwhelmingly supported by local residents and townships, as well as our state representatives. (over 2500 petition signatures)
- Volunteers are numerous and willing to do the work and monetary donations would cover the costs of a full restoration.
- Other towers have been successfully restored and staffed.
- Paddlers use the tower to get their bearings in the St. Regis Canoe Area. It's a welcome landmark.
- The environmental education value of a staffed tower is immense.
- It's close proximity to the Visitor Interpretive Center makes it a natural for interpretive hikes.
- The view from the summit is good. The view from the tower is Great.
- Towers have always been annual destination points for individuals, couples and families (We're sure there are lots of personal stories that would be lost).
- Many see fire towers as a symbol of wilderness. This tower can be seen as a visible representation of the unspoiled forest.
- Only a few fire towers in the whole state remain. At one time there were over 100.
- The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower has been on the summit since 1918 and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower was in operation for 81 years making it the longest operating fire tower in the State of New York.
- To download a collage of views of St. Regis to save click here.