Most of us would agree that we’re here because of the beauty and quality of life, and we want to maintain its integrity. So, what is it we like? It is safe to say that we like the natural characteristics of our surroundings. Furthering the appeal, we may even prefer it here because there are areas elsewhere that are not as desirable. That dislike may come in many forms: pollution, aesthetic annoyances, and over-development.
Recently the appearance of Tommy’s Rock was scarred indefinitely by individuals with the use of spray-paint. While the irresponsible culprits may have thought they were aiding visitors, in reality they have spoiled one of the lake’s few free and open private land holdings.
Located at the northern end of Upper Saranac Lake, Tommy’s Rock was purchased by the Upper Saranac Foundation (USF) for the preservation and enjoyment of day users. While the vandalism that occurred on Tommy’s Rock is an egregious form of altering our natural environment, there are other instances that could also be prevented to help maintain the natural character of our watershed. Whether it’s excessive development, undue vegetation and tree cutting, shoreline alterations, or even hazardous and reckless boating, there are laws in place to protect our watershed.
If you see a suspected offense, USF encourages watershed users to report it. Most everyone today has a phone that can take a picture. Forwarding information to state and local agencies, or even USF, can be done so anonymously.
It takes many eyes and a lot of effort to protect our watershed. Please help to preserve this valuable resource.