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ENB - Region 7 Notices 8/19/2009

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Five Streams Unit Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Five Streams Unit Management Plan advances the practice of sustainable forestry to conserve biodiversity and enrich local community life in western Chenango County. It is based on a belief that healthy forests are essential for the long term cultural, environmental and economic health of rural communities. The 9,634 acre Unit includes Five Streams, Red Brook and Balsam Swamp State Forests. The Plan defines goals and objectives for conserving biodiversity and enhancing opportunities for public use and recreation.

To conserve biodiversity, management actions will support diverse ecological conditions, maintain landscape connectivity and protect 3,048 acres of wetlands, riparian zones, natural areas and steep slopes. Timber will be harvested on 5,976 acres over the next 20 years using even and uneven aged silvicultural systems. Surface disturbance associated with exploration, development and production of natural gas is excluded from 5,229 acres or approximately 54% of the Unit.

Public use and recreation opportunities will be enhanced by improving existing facilities at Balsam Pond, Baker Pond and Pucker Pond. New snowmobile, motorized access (CP-3) and hiking trails will be constructed. Three existing parking areas will be upgraded. This plan has been approved and signed by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on August 4, 2009.

The Five Streams Unit consists of three State Forests in the Chenango County Towns of German, McDonough, Pharsalia, Pitcher and Smithville, New York.

Contact: Greg Owens, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub-Office, 2715 State Highway 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4017.


Tompkins County - The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (NYS HTFC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Newfield Horizons will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the new construction of five, one story slab-on-grade buildings for families, with 8 one bedroom, 20 two bedroom and 8 three bedroom units, on a vacant 10 acre site. Building 5 will consist of a community room and laundry room. The design and construction of the project will follow the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's guidelines for the "Green Building Initiative." An on-site septic system is required. Public water is available off-site. Site work will include clearing, grading and excavation, construction of driveways, parking areas and sidewalks, finish grading and landscaping. The project is located at 1962 Elmira Road (NYS Route 13) in the Town of Newfield, New York.

Contact: Mary Binder, NYS HTFC, Hampton Plaza, 4th Floor, 38 40 State Street, Albany, NY 12193, Phone: (518) 473-0457, E-mail: mbinder@nysdhcr.gov.


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