Why should the taxpayers of Pennsylvania subsidize the destruction of the Appalachian Trail?
It seems the Alpine Rose development corporation hasn’t heard about the Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Act:
“…Political subdivisions, including municipalities as defined in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, through which the Appalachian Trail passes shall have the power and their duty shall be to take such action consistent with applicable law, as at least an interim measure, to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the trail and to conserve and maintain it as a public natural resource.” 64 P.S. Sec. 804
If built, the 3.2-mile Alpine Rose racetrack would be carved into the steep slopes and dense hardwood forest along the north face of historic Blue Mountain. It would be immediately adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. Many of the high performance sports cars, which would be driven at race speeds, would be unlicensed for street use. Without mufflers. Next to a State Game Land. Maybe that’s why the developer didn’t obtain the support of the affected area’s state representative. Or state senator. Or host municipality. Or county. Instead, relying on the political connections of a private lobbyist, he now seeks to raid the public treasury. It’s a travesty of special interest politics at public expense.
Mark Singel, lobbyist for the developer, has invited you to attend an “informational briefing” regarding this project. The meeting will be held on May 8, 2002 at 10:30 AM, East Wing of Capitol Building, Rm. 14E. Please attend. Research the potential environmental damage. Then ask tough questions. We believe that sunshine is, indeed, the best disinfectant.
The proposed site is located on the north side of the Blue Mountain in the West End of Monroe County. The property is bordered, to the south, by the scenic Appalachian Trail, the federal corridor protecting the Trail and State Game Commission Lands #168. The property is bordered on the north by the Aquashicola Creek. The Aquashicola is deemed a high quality cold water and migratory fishery (Title 25 Chapter 93 of the Pennsylvania Code). Access to the property is via a scenic, winding, severely narrow road containing one-lane bridges. Direct access to this road from Northampton County, Point Phillips Road, is a gravel road on the southern face of Blue Mountain. This area is a wooded, environmentally sensitive area with wetlands, steep slopes and rock outcroppings. Soil erosion and sediment will be a major concern to any development. It is not a coincidence that the developer chose the only municipality in Monroe County without a zoning ordinance.
Numerous organizations: The Appalachian Trail Conference, the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, the Wildlands Conservancy, Hawk Mt. Sanctuary and the Wildlife Information Center are opposed to this project. On November 17th, 2001, citing Title 64 Public Lands of the Pennsylvania Statutes Chapter 19 Pennsylvania Trail Act section 804, the Appalachian Trail Conference Board of Managers passed a resolution stating its opposition and offering its services to those groups and citizens who oppose the negative impact this development would have on the Appalachian Trail and PGL #168.
The Alpine Rose Resorts, Inc. proposal is an improper land use project, with inadequate planning that should receive no federal, state or local funding. Safeguard the Appalachian Trail. Protect the public treasury. Oppose Alpine Rose.