ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials have named a group to come up with ideas to address the increase in visitors to the Adirondack High Peaks.

The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group was announced Thursday to help the state Department of Environmental Conservation with management issues.

Concerns have been raised this year about more hikers on High Peaks trails and more cars lining the mains roads through the region.

The 13-member group includes representatives from state and local government, businesses and advocacy groups. It will begin meeting this fall and work into next year.

Environmental Commissioner Basil Seggos says officials want to simultaneously support the local economy, protect the environment and provide safe experiences for visitors.

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