An environmental group is asking New York to create a Wild Rivers Wilderness in the Adirondacks that they say would be as spectacular as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Minnesota’s famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Adirondack Council says the state’s pending purchase of 69,000 acres of land in the region presents a rare opportunity to create a vast wilderness area and protect forest, rivers and wildlife.

The council’s acting executive director, Diane Fish, says their plan calls for a new wilderness area around the Essex Chain of Lakes, the Hudson River Gorge, Blue Ledges and OK Slip Falls.

“When purchased, these new parcels would be combined with existing sections of the Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, as well as all of the existing Hudson Gorge Primitive Area, to create a stunningly beautiful paddlers paradise among the state’s tallest mountains,” says Fish. “It would include 48 miles of wild rivers, plus nine interconnected lakes and ponds, as well as the Adirondack Park’s most majestic waterfall.” (READ MORE)

Would you like to see such an epic wilderness waterway in the Adirondacks? Do you think it will happen?