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ENB - Region 5 Notices 11/11/2009

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Warren

Applicant: Warren County

Contact for Project: Warren County
c/o Matthew J. Hunt, P.E.
Creighton Manning Engineering
17 Computer Drive West
Albany, NY 12205

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

APA Contact: John L. Quinn

APA Project Number: 2009-202

Project Title: Warren County

Location: Alder Brook Road in the Town of Chester, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: November 26, 2009

Project Description: The action involves the reconstruction and realignment of a 660 ± foot long section of Alder Brook Road including the replacement of a bridge over Trout Brook. The replacement bridge will be located approximately 40 feet east of its current location. Approximately 1,930 square feet of wetlands area will be impacted by the project. This impact is to be offset by the creation of a total of 2,899 square feet of wetland area at this location.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Comment Period

Franklin County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Agreement to Modify Working Forest Conservation Easements held by NYS DEC on Lands Owned by Heartwood Forestland Fund III (HFFIII), LP. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted by the contact person listed below until 5:00 p.m. on December 11, 2009. Copies of this DEIS can be obtained by contacting the contact person indicated below. This DEIS is also available on the NYS DEC website at: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/59344.html.

The proposed action is to modify three (3) working forest conservation easements, held by NYS DEC and which encumber approximately 110,000 acres of industrial forestland, for the purpose of providing the landowner with a permanent right to lease 220 recreational camp envelopes to hunting and fishing clubs and individuals, along with the discretion to permit lessees to use motor vehicles on designated routes to access lease camps. Also, the modification would require landowners to either have NYS DEC approve a forest management plan OR landowners would need to enroll the property in an approved forestry certification program. Among other benefits, certification requires landowners to have their forestry practices audited and inspected by independent certifying entities who must determine whether the landowner's forestry practices are sustainable. In exchange, HFFIII will convey all rights and title on approximately 2,661 acres of their lands to The People of the State of New York; and will grant the public year-round access to and recreational use of the Easement lands, which currently have seasonal restrictions until 2014.

NYS DEC's authority to modify the Conservation Easements derives from Section 49-0307(3)(a) of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL).

The project is located in the Towns of Waverly, Santa Clara and Duane in Franklin County; the Towns of Croghan and Watson in Lewis County; and the Towns of Hopkinton, Clifton and Clare in St. Lawrence County, New York.

Contact: Heather Carl, NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4250, Phone: (518) 408-5511, E-mail: HFF3DEIS@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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