Photo by Mike Lynch
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens takes a break during his ski to Camp Santanoni.
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NEWCOMB -- The Adirondack Park is well known for its natural places: vast forests, quiet backcountry ponds and rugged High Peaks.

On Monday, Feb. 20 state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens made an effort to point out a sometimes forgotten aspect of the Forest Preserve: the parts built by humans.

Martens led a ski party of about 15 people 5 miles into the remote woods to Camp Santanoni, a refurbished great camp built in 1893 on the shore of Newcomb Lake. The sojourn came during the second of three weekends in which the public was invited to tour the insides of the rustic buildings normally shuttered during the winter months.

The open houses are a cooperative effort of the DEC, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry\'s Adirondack Interpretive Center.

Talking to a collection of people that consisted mainly of reporters, fellow DEC employees and AARCH members, Martens said that he wanted to let people realize the Park is not just a wilderness area.