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ENB - Region 6 Notices 7/23/2008

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

Applicant: Rayonier

Office: Adirondack Park Agency
P. O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050, ext. 207

Contact: George Outcalt, Jr.
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Project Number: 2008-112

Project Title: Rayonier, Grasse River Forest

Location: Mt. Arab and Massawepie Roads, Town of Colton and Piercefield, St. Lawrence County

Comment Period Ends: August 7, 2008

Project Description: Rayonier is proposing a salvage harvest to remove dying and damaged trees in four separate management areas in their Grasse River Forest in St. Lawrence County in the towns of Piercefield and Colton. The management areas are between 61 ± to 475 ± acres and total 950 ± acres. The management areas are a portion of the applicant's 75,000 acre landholding that is covered by a 1990 conservation easement held by the State of New York. The management objective is to remove the trees before the quality of the logs degrade, or lose value, due to rot or staining. The primary affected species is sugar maple (Acer saccharum). The current dying and damaged condition of the trees has been caused by numerous stress factors that include drought in the early 2000's, recent licanium scale infestations, and forest tent caterpillar infestations. Due to the open canopy created by previous logging operations and crown dieback, advanced seedling and sapling regeneration has already been established. The silvicultural prescription for this salvage harvest is being planned and overseen by the professional foresters from both the applicant and the applicant's representative Fountain Forestry. The salvage harvest will be carried out with mechanized equipment, including feller bunchers and grapple skidders. Logging crews will be closely managed by professional foresters who will write specific management plans designed to meet conservation easement and Sustainable Forest Initiative sustainability requirements.

Public Notice

Public Comment on Draft Commissioner Order under VTL 2405

Note: This notice also ran in the July 16, 2008 ENB under Statewide Notices

SEQR Status: Unlisted action - Negative Declaration issued

DEC Region: 6

County: Jefferson County

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

Project Title: Draft Commissioner Order to open to ATV traffic specified sections of NYS DEC roads.

Project Description: Draft Commissioner Order to authorize NYS DEC Region 6 staff to post as open to all terrain vehicles (ATV) traffic a 1.1 mile section of Hessel Road (also know as the Remington Truck Road) from the Wart-Van Wormer intersection to the Brown Road Extension and a 0.7 mile section of Wart Road (also know as the Blood Truck Road). Both of these sections of road are located in the Winona State Forest, which is under the Department's jurisdiction. This draft Commissioner Order is in accordance with Vehicle and Traffic Law Order Section 2405(1) and 6 NYCRR 190.8(m).

Public Comment: NYS DEC shall accept public comment on this draft order through Friday, July 31, 2008. A copy of the draft order and respective negative declaration can be obtained from the contact person listed below.

Contact Person:
Fred Munk
Region 6 Lowville Sub-office
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
Phone: (315) 376-3521

Negative Declaration

Chenango, Delaware, Lewis, Oneida, Onondoga, Orange and Otsego Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Control of Japanese Knotweed on Various Reforestation Stands will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves herbicide applications to reduce undesirable understory vegetation (Japanese Knotweed) to allow the natural regeneration of desired species such as red oak, white oak, chestnut oak, sugar maple, and red maple. The action is to take place between July 15 - September 30, over a two year period on multiple sites, ranging in size from 0.01 - 5.6 acres, but totaling less than 25 acres. Impact on public health is minimal. Personnel will be equipped with safety equipment. The application will follow label instructions minimizing risk to both the applicant and the environment. The project is located on Reforestation Area No(s): Orange 4; Onondaga 1; Lewis 13, 16, 19; Chenango 1, 26, 35; Delaware 2, 7; Otsego 7, 9, 18; Oneida-Lewis 1; Oneida 4, 8, 16, 20; in the Towns of New Windsor, Salem, Fabius, Diana, Harrisburg, Smithville, McDonough, Masonville, Deposit, Butternuts, Roseboom, Milford, Lewis, Sangerfield, Steuben, Florence, and Lee.

Contact: Dave Forness, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4255, Phone: (518) 402-9428.

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