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ENB - Region 7 Notices 7/16/2008

Public Meeting Notice

Counties: Lewis, Oneida and Oswego

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

Project Title: Draft 46-Corners Unit Management Plan

Contact Person: Andrea Mercurio

Address: NYS DEC
Lowville Sub-Office and Maintenance Center
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, New York 13367

Phone: (315) 376-3521

Project Location: Towns of Annsville, Camden and Florence in Oneida County, Town of Lewis in Lewis County and the Town of Redfield in Oswego County

Project Description:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Regions 6 and 7 will hold a public meeting on August 5th, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Camden High School Cafeteria located at 55 Oswego Street, Camden, NY 13316 to accept public comments on the Draft 46-Corners Unit Management Plan. The meeting is open to the public. Persons are encouraged to attend to express their opinion on the management objectives outlined in the draft plan. Those unable to attend the meeting may write or phone in their comments to the contact person. Copies of the plan are posted on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4979.html. The draft UMP is also available for public review at the DEC headquarters in Albany, the DEC regional office in Watertown and at the DEC's Lowville and Herkimer regional sub-offices. Copies are available in print form or electronic format on compact disc from the Lowville office and may be requested by calling (315) 376-3521. Comments on the plan will be accepted until August 30, 2008.

The unit consists of 18,032 acres in the northwest corner of Oneida County which includes eight State Forests: Big Brook Forest (Oneida RA# 7), Cobb Brook State Forest (Oneida County RA#2 ), Fall Brook State Forest (Oneida RA# 3), Florence Hill State Forest (Oneida County RA# 11), Furnace Creek State Forest (Oneida RA# 10), Mad River State Forest (Oneida RA# 12, 14), Tri-County State Forest (Oneida RA# 9) and Swancott Hill State Forest (Oneida-Lewis RA# 1). Proposed management actions include a sustainable timber harvesting schedule, standard riparian buffers guidelines and wildlife habitat enhancement. New recreation facilities proposed in the plan include a wildlife viewing platform at the end of Wentworth Road on Furnace Creek State Forest, 18 designated campsites and a cross-country ski trail on Mad River State Forest. The overall objective for the unit focuses on maintaining the areas unique remoteness, preserving historical uses, ensuring biological diversity and optimizing public benefits.

Negative Declaration

Cayuga County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Drilling Permit Application for Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Proposed Lockwood 1 Natural Gas Well located within Cayuga County Agricultural District 5 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves drilling a natural gas well within Cayuga County Agricultural District 5. Drilling operations will be conducted in accordance with the drilling permit issued and rules and regulations of the Department. The total area proposed to be disturbed during the initial construction phase for the well site and access road is 108,750 square feet or approximately 2.5 acres. After the well has been drilled, it will be put into production or plugged and abandoned. The well pad and access road areas for a producing well will be reduced to 49,800 square feet or approximately 1.1 acres and the remaining disturbed areas reclaimed. If the well is plugged and abandoned, the site will be reclaimed. The project is located approximately 3,700 feet west of Half Acre Road in the Town of Aurelius, New York.

Contact: Linda Collart, NYS DEC - Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (585) 226-5376.

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA #19, Stand D-39, Site Preparation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of herbicide to reduce the abundance of beech, striped maple and hophornbeam seedlings and saplings, as well as hay scented and New York fern to a level that would allow the natural regeneration of desirable tree species. The action includes both foliar and cut stump treatment that will take place on 7 acres of upland hardwood forest. Controlling the undesirable species will promote the natural regeneration of black cherry, red maple, yellow birch, and sugar maple. Application method used will be by backpack sprayer targeting only undesirable species within the application area. The application will follow label instructions minimizing risk to both the applicant and the environment. The project is located on Chenango Reforestation Area #19, Five Streams State Forest, Stand D-39. This stand is located east of Town Line Road and south of the NYSEG/TEPPCO right-of-way in the Town of McDonough, New York.

Contact: Christopher R. Sprague, NYS DEC - Sherburne Sub-Office and Maintenance Center, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13815, Phone: (607) 674-4017 ext. 609.

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Tompkins County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of Master Plan for the Black Diamond Trail. The action involves the adoption and implementation of a Master Plan for the Black Diamond Trail. This is the final plan for a trail that runs from Robert H. Treman State Park to Taughannock Falls State Park. The trail is 15 ± miles in length and will be used primarily by pedestrians and bicyclists. The trail will serve as a transportation and recreation resource in Tompkins County. In addition to connecting the four state park facilities, the trail will link other important trip generating destinations along its route. It will also link to the City of Ithaca and Town of Ithaca bicycle trail facilities. The project is located in the Towns of Ithaca and Ulysses and the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contacts: Sue A. Paelvoorde, NYS OPRHP-Finger Lakes Region, Taughannock Falls State Park, 2221 Taughannock Park Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886, Phone: (607) 387-7041, E-mail: Sue.Poelvoorde@oprhp.state.ny.us and Thomas Lyons, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building 1 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: Thomas.Lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us.

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