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ENB - Region 4 Notices 12/24/2008

Negative Declaration

Columbia County - The Town of Canaan Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Mariner Tower II, LLC and NYNEX Mobile Limited Partnership Telecommunications Facility at Berkshire Farm will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction and operation of a new 135 foot monopole telecommunication tower and facility by Mariner Tower II, LLC at the Berkshire Farm Center for Youth, including the co-location of emergency antennas by the Berkshire Farm Center for Youth and NYNEX Mobile Limited Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless. The facility will provide service, including in-vehicle coverage within an existing service gap in the Town along the northern protion of Route 22 and the eastern portion of Route 205. Existing roadway networks within the sitewill be utilized to access the facility. The project is located at 13640 Route 22 in the Town of Canaan, New York.

Contact: Ron Davis, Town of Canaan, Town Hall, 1647 County Route 5, Canaan, NY 12029, Phone: (518) 781-3144.

Greene and Schoharie Counties - The New York State Deparment of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clearcut Greene RA #3, Stands D-6 and D-10, Schoharie RA #2, Stands B-34, B-37, B-39, B-40 and B-42 and Herbicide Application on Greene RA #3, Stand D-6 and Schoharie RA #2, Stands B-34 and B-39 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the timber harvesting which includes a 160 acre clearcut of a Norway spruce and red pine plantation. In addition to the clearcut, the herbicide Glyfos will be applied to 71 acres to remove ferns, shrubs, red maple, striped maple, beech and birch so that this undesirable vegetation will not compete with and impede the growth of the newly planted Norway spruce seedlings.

The majority of the trees in this plantation were damaged during a heavy snow storm in April of 2007. Since their health is declining, it is necessary to remove them in order to maintain the health and vigor of the overall forest as well as recouping the value of the timber. Replanting Norway spruce where there is no hardwood regeneration will ensure that the land stays productive. One hundred twenty-eight acres of the site will be replanted with Norway spruce seedlings and thirty-two acres will be allowed to revert to hardwoods. The project is located on Greene Reforestation Area #3, Stands D-6 and D-10, and Schoharie Reforestation Area #2, Stands B-34, B-37, B-39, B-40, and B-42. The project location is approximately eight (8) miles northwest of the Village of Windham in the Towns of Windham and Ashland in Greene County and the Town of Conesville in Schoharie County, New York.

Contact: Vicki Cross, NYS DEC - Stamford Suboffice, 65561 State Highway 10, Suite 1, Stamford, NY 12167-9503, Phone: (607) 652-7365.

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