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ENB - Region 6 Notices 03/17/2010

Public Notice

Draft Amendment to the 1986 Independence River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan/Public Comment Period

This draft amendment to the 1986 Independence River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan(UMP) proposes the construction of a three car parking lot and a partial reroute of the Stillwater Mountain Firetower trail. The proposed parking lot, including one accessible space, will be constructed along the Big Moose Road approximately 0.1 miles west of the Stillwater Mountain Firetower trail head. Currently there is no parking at the existing trail head and no suitable location exists near the trail head to construct a parking area. In order to avoid hiking along the road to reach the existing trail, a reroute is proposed. The rerouted section (0.6 miles) is approximately the same length as the section of existing trail that will be abandoned. The Universal Trail Assessment Process will be used to evaluate the entire trail and this information will be posted at the trailhead.

Public comments are welcome and will be accepted by the contact person until April 7, 2010. Copies of the draft amendment are posted on the New York State Department of Conservation (NYS DEC) website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22574.html.

This Wild Forest Area is located in the Town of Grieg and Town of Watson in Lewis County, and the Town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York.

Contact: Keith Rivers, NYS DEC - Lowville Sub-Office, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521.

Negative Declaration

St. Lawrence County - The Town of Canton, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Canton Grasse River Waterfront Revitalization Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development of a Waterfront Revitalization Plan for the Grasse River waterfront in the Town and Village of Canton, New York. The Waterfront Revitalization Plan is an intermunicipal plan that addresses the following issues: enhancing opportunities for public access to water-based recreation on the waterways; revitalizing Main Street and Riverside Drive and underutilized waterfront commercial properties; developing efficient, pedestrian and bicycle friendly transportation access; protecting sensitive waterfront resources, open space and scenic resources; preservation of historic resources and enhanced opportunities for heritage tourism; and growth management and protection of community character and quality of life.

The plan includes an inventory and analysis of existing conditions within the project boundary, a vision statement, planning principles, goals and actions (including potential projects and uses) and recommended steps and techniques for implementing the Waterfront Revitalization Plan. The project is located in portions of the Town of Canton and the Village of Canton, New York.

Contact: Linda McQuinn, Office of Economic Development for the Town of Canton and Village of Canton, 60 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617, Phone: (315) 386-2871.

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