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ENB - Statewide Notices 1/7/2009

Public Notice

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 1-0101(3)(b) and (d), 3-0301(1)(b), (d) and (2)(m), 9-0105(1) and 9-1303 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

The Notice of Emergency Adoption to add a new section 192.5 to title 6 NYCRR to prohibit the importation of untreated firewood into New York State and restrict the transport of untreated firewood within New York State is effective on December 5, 2008. This emergency regulation can be found on the Department's website at: www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2359.html. The need for the emergency regulation is heightened by the need to prevent the transport of potentially pest-infested firewood by campers during the camping season in New York State. During the course of this emergency regulation, the Department will propose in the State Register for permanent adoption of this regulation through the normal rulemaking process which will provide for public notice and comment.

For further information please contact:

Bruce Williamson
NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-4253
Phone: (518) 402-9425

Notice of Completion of Draft 2009 Open Space Conservation Plan; Positive Declaration; Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) & Statewide Public Hearings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) as co-lead agencies, announce the completion of the Draft 2009 New York State Open Space Conservation Plan and Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS). Copies of the Draft Plan and DGEIS are available on NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47990.html and by contacting NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP regional offices. Pursuant to statute ECL §49-0217, NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP will hold public hearings in each NYS DEC administrative region on the Draft Plan. These hearings will also serve as public hearings on the DGEIS pursuant to the applicable SEQR Act (6NYCRR §617.9(a)(4).

Notice is given that these public hearings will be held in each NYS DEC region at the locations listed below. An afternoon and evening hearing will be scheduled in each region. Hearings will be conducted on January 20 - 22, 2009 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., unless noted otherwise. Afternoon hearings will be preceded by a workshop from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. where staff of NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP will be available to answer any questions related to the Draft Plan and DGEIS.

The hearing is part of a public comment period beginning with the publication of this notice on January 7, 2009 and continuing until February 27, 2009. All statements received during this period, whether submitted prior to, at, or after the hearings will be assessed. The assessment of public comment that is prepared will be included in the Final Plan and Final GEIS. All those who wish to appear at the hearing to make a statement and who also have a prepared written statement are asked to bring and submit it to the regional OSP contacts hosting the meeting. Lengthy written statements should be submitted and briefly summarized to present verbally at the hearing.

The Draft Plan is an update and revision of the 2006 Plan which includes identification of the types and locations of open space resources and various open space conservation tools and methods. The revised Plan addresses the economic restraints placed on all government funding at this time, and refocuses our open space conservation actions on four critical priorities. These priorities are: Responding to Global Climate Change; Fostering Green, Healthy Communities; Connecting New Yorkers with Nature and Recreation; and Safeguarding our State's Unique, Natural and Cultural Heritage.

The revised Plan makes recommendations to our state, federal, and local governments, non-profits, philanthropists, and state citizens on programs and partnerships, education and outreach, policies and regulations, research and funding, many of which have begun to be implemented or will begin to be implemented in the next three years. The Plan continues to list priority conservation projects, publicly identified and reviewed, which are eligible for acquisition under the State Environmental Protection Fund and other state, federal and local sources. Once finalized, the Plan will be presented to the Governor and the Legislature, and following approval by the Governor, the Plan will continue to guide both NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP in their open space conservation programs.

The fundamental purpose of the Plan remains the same: to request and call to action for increased protection of our state's significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources. Intrinsic benefits accrue from public decisions to protect resources. Economic benefits anticipate increased property values for adjacent lands, tourism, water quality protection, wildlife habitat protection and enhancement of natural resource based industries. Associated adverse impacts may develop from the use of resources acquired for public access with possible impacts of short-term erosion and sedimentation concerns associated with construction. Potential acquisition of land could increase public use with impacts such as littering, noise, vegetative damage, increased traffic, and trespass to adjoining landowners.

Cumulative benefits arise from the implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated, and publicly-involved process, based on research, resource inventories, and examination of the critical conservation demands being placed on New York's resource - global climate change; water quality protection; increased urban populations; unplanned or unregulated development; ability for all New York citizens to access nature; and the need to safeguard our state's natural diversity, unique historic and cultural resources, and outdoor recreational resources.

Copies of the Draft Plan and DGEIS are available online at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47990.html or by request through email: lf.openspaceplan@dec.ny.gov or by calling NYS DEC and NYS OPRHP regional offices.

Questions or comments on the 2009 Draft Plan will be accepted until 4:45 p.m. on February 27, 2009 via email: lf.openspaceplan@dec.ny.gov or by mailing:

Open Space Conservation Program
NYS DEC, 625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4250


NYS OPRHP - Planning Bureau
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 1
Albany, NY 12238

Public Hearing Schedule: NYS DEC Region, Date and Location; Workshop and Public Hearings' times are as followed, unless noted otherwise:

Workshop: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon Hearing: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Evening Hearing: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Region 1

January 22, 2009
NYS DEC Region 1 Headquarters
SUNY at Stony Brook
Basement Conference Room
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY

Region 2

January 21, 2009 (2:00 - 5:00 P.M. & 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.)
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building - Art Gallery
163 West 125th Street (at 7th Avenue)
New York City, NY

Region 3

January 22, 2009
Bear Mountain State Park
Overlook Lodge
Bear Mountain, NY

Region 4

January 21, 2009 (2:00 - 4:00 P.M. & 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.)
NYS DEC Region 4 Headquarters
1130 North Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY

Region 5

January 20, 2009
NYS Region 5 Headquarters
Route 86
Main Conference Room
Ray Brook, NY


January 22, 2009
Saratoga Spa State Park
Gideon Putnam Hotel
Conference Center
19 Roosevelt Drive
Saratoga Springs, NY

Region 6

January 21, 2009
Utica State Office Building
Conference Room A
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY


January 22, 2009
NYS Region 6 Headquarters
Dulles State Office Building
First Floor Conference Room
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY

Region 7

January 21, 2009 (Workshop & Hearing 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. only)
Broome County Cornell Coperative Extension
840 Front Street
Binghamton, NY


January 22 , 2009 (Hearing 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. only)
State Fair Grounds
The Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Boulevard
Syracuse, NY

Region 8

January 21, 2009
NYS DEC Region 8 Headquarters
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY

Region 9

January 22, 2009
Concord Town Hall
86 Franklin Street
Springville, NY

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