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ENB - Region 4 Notices

Public Meeting Notice

County: Greene

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Title: Public Meeting for the Windham High Peak Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendment

Contact Person: Frank Parks

Address: NYS DEC Region 4 Suboffice
65561 State Highway 10, Suite One
Stamford, NY 12167-9503

Phone: (607) 652-7365
E-mail: feparks@gw.dec.state.ny.us

A public meeting to receive oral and written comments on the Windham High Peak Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendment is scheduled for April 30, 2008. It will be held in the Windham Town Hall in Hensonville, NY, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The Town Hall is located on Route 296 in Hensonville, approximately 1.4 miles south of its intersection with Route 23 in Windham, New York.

Print and electronic versions of the draft amendment are available from the contact person.

Comments will be accepted until May 19, 2008.


Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Town of Knox, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Re-Zoning of a portion of Town land from LC -2 to Residential will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by the Town to re-zone a portion of Town land from LC-2 to Residental to permit siting of a cellular communications tower. The project is located on Street Road in the Town of Knox, NY.

Contact: Robert B. Price, Phone: (518) 895-8954, E-mail: gearknox@nycap.rr.com.


Delaware County - The Delaware County Board of Supervisors, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Delaware County sale of property to French Woods Cemetery Association will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal by Delaware County to sell .068 acres of land along New York State Route 97 and French Woods Road in the Town of Hancock to the French Woods Cemetery Association. NYSDOT has abandoned maintenance jurisdiction along this portion of NYS 97 for the purpose of this sale. The additional property will ensure that all burial plots are located on cemetery property. The project is located at the intersection of French Woods Road and NYS Route 97 in the Town of Hancock, New York.

Contact: Wayne Reynolds, Delaware County Department of Public Works, P.O. Box 311, Page Avenue, Delhi, NY 13753, Phone: (607) 746-2128, E-mail: wayne.reynolds@co.delaware.ny.us.


Delaware and Otsego Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Delaware-Otsego RA#1; A-21 and 43; Otsego RA#1; B-1; Otsego RA#3; A-11 and 17, Otsego RA#7; B-12; Otsego RA#8; B-24; Otsego RA#15; A-3, Plantation Release will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of the herbicide Glyfos to reduce the competition from undesirable woody and herbaceous vegetation on eight sites totaling 97 acres in the Towns of Davenport, Delaware County and the Towns of Maryland, Roseboom, Burlington, Otsego, Hartwick, Plainfield, and Decatur in Otsego County. This action will remove the target vegetation which consists of sugar maple, pin cherry, red maple, beech, striped maple, white ash, ferns and rubus supp. on the site for a period of time sufficient to allow the planted spruce to attain enough size to dominate and fully occupy the site. The only vegetation to be removed is non-threatened or non-endangered species. Impact on public health is minimal. Personnel will be equipped with safety equipment. Also, following label instructions for the application will minimize risk.

The projects are located as follows:

Delaware-Otsego RA # 1; Stand A-43 - three miles north of Davenport, Town of Davenport
Delaware-Otsego RA # 1; Stand A-21 - three miles south of Schenevus, Town of Maryland
Otsego RA # 1; Stand B-1- one mile south of Pleasant Brook, Town of Roseboom
Otsego RA # 3; Stands A-11, 17 - two miles southeast of Burlington, Town of Burlington
Otsego RA # 7; Stand B-12 - four miles southwest of Hartwick Seminary, Town of Hartwick
Otsego RA # 8; Stand B-24 - four miles south of Plainfield Center, Town of Plainfield
Otsego RA # 15; Stand A-3 - one mile east of Decatur, Town of Decatur

Contact: Paul Wenner, NYS DEC, Region 4 Sub-office, 65561 State Highway 10, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7365.


Greene County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clear Cut and Site Preparation on Greene RA#2 Stands A-3, A-4, A-6, A-7 and A-8 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a clear cut and site preparation on a Norway Spruce and Red Pine plantation. The plantations were damaged during a heavy snow storm in April of 2007. The majority of the softwood trees on the site were damaged, therefore, it is necessary to remove them in order to maintain the health and vigor of the overall forest. Eighty-five acres of the site will be clear cut and an overstory removal will be done on eleven acres. Forty-five acres of the site will be replanted with Norway Spruce seedlings. The remaining fifty-one acres will regenerate naturally to northern hardwoods. The herbicide Glyphos will be applied on 25 acres to remove undesirable vegetation that can interfere with the growth of the planted Norway Spruce. The undesirable vegetation consists of ferns, shrubs, red maple, striped maple and beech.
Of the alternatives considered, the removal of all of the trees is the best option because the damaged trees will slowly die over the next few years. It is necessary to remove them now in order to capture the value of the timber. Replanting a portion of the site with Norway spruce and allowing a portion to regenerate naturally with hardwoods will ensure that the land stays productive.

The project is located six miles north of Windham in the Town of Windham, New York.

Contact:
Vicki Cross, NYS DEC, Region 4 Sub-office, 65561 State Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167, Phone: (607) 652-7365.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing (Correction of Hearing Location)


Delaware County - The Town of Roxbury Planning Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Moresville Energy Center. Two public hearings on the Draft EIS will be held on May 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. and on May 10, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Both will be held at the Northern Occupational Center (also known as BOCES School) located on NYS Route 23 and Jump Brook Road, Grand Gorge, NY 12434. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 3, 2008 or ninety (90) days from the publication of this notice (whatever is later) and may be submitted to the contact person listed below. Copies of the Draft EIS will be available on the Town of Roxbury website: http://www.roxburyny.com/windproject/index.html and on the applicant's website: http://www.moresvillewind.com/pub_down.htm. Also note that copies of the DEIS are available for inspection at the Roxbury Town Hall. Copies of the DEIS can also be purchased from the applicant at reproduction cost plus shipping by contacting: Eric Duncan, Phone: (304) 549-7696.

The action involves the construction of thirty-three (33) wind turbine generators and associated improvements that are to be located on lands approximately 8,016 acres in size. The project has significant, long-term beneficial effects on the use and conservation of energy resources, because of its ability to generate electricity without any fossil-fuel emissions and a potentially significant adverse impact on, among others, visual resources and wildlife. The project is located south of NYS Route 23 and extends to the east of NYS Route 10 and to the west of NYS Route 30 predominately within the Towns of Roxbury and Stamford, New York.

Contact: Joseph Farleigh, Town of Roxbury Planning Board, Town Hall, 53690 State Highway 30, Roxbury, NY 12474.




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