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ENB - Region 7 Notices 5/13/2009

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Chenango RA #19, Stands A-15, 16, 39 and 41 Site Preparation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves herbicide applications 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. Additionally, this project will seek to control a small population of the non-native invasive species swallowwort. These actions include both foliar and cut stump treatment, and will take place on 47 ± acres of upland hardwood forest. Controlling the undesirable species will promote the natural regeneration of black cherry, red maple, yellow birch, sugar maple and white ash. Application method used will be by backpack sprayer targeting only undesirable species within the application area. The site is located on Chenango Reforestation Area #19, Five Streams State Forest, Stands A-15, 16, and 39 located north of Shingle Street to the west of the intersection of Rabbit Path and Stand 41 south of Shingle Street, farther to the west, located in the Town of German, New York.

Contact: Christopher R. Sprague, NYS DEC - Region 7, Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13815, Phone: (607) 674-4017 ext. 609.


Madison County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Madison RA #1, Stand A-46, Herbicide Application will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves herbicide application(s) to reduce the abundance of interfering woody vegetation to a level that would allow the establishment of additional native hardwood seedlings and the release of those desirable hardwood species already present on site. The action is to take place on 13 acres of an existing hardwood sawtimber stand. The herbicide application is to control the majority of interfering woody vegetation, primarily established beech saplings ranging from 0.5" to 6" diameter at breast height (d.b.h.) along with striped maple and some hophornbeam. The dominance of this beech vegetation in the forest understory prevents adequate regeneration of more desirable tree species such as, hard maple, black cherry, white ash and red maple from being established. Removing a majority of the current beech understory prior to the intended thinning will allow more opportunity for a variety of native hardwood tree species to regenerate the stand. Application method used will be by backpack sprayer applying herbicide(s) only to the target species within the application area. The site is located in the Madison Reforestation Area # 1, Charles E. Baker State Forest, Stand A-46, is located on the east side of Collins Road in the Town of Brookfield, New York.

Contact: Robert E. Off, NYS DEC - Region 7, Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13815, Phone: (607) 674-4017.



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