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ENB - Region 7 Notices 04/14/2010

Negative Declaration

Tompkins County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Control of Undesirable Vegetation on Tompkins # 1, Stand G-41 (Danby State Forest) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a targeted application of herbicides to control American beech, Multi-flora rose, honeysuckle, Autumn olive and Striped maple 2 feet high to 8 inches diameter at breast height (d.b.h). The stand in which the herbicides are being applied originated naturally 50 to 60 years ago on former farmland that was planted with red and White pine. Parts of the planted areas failed and today have patches of Red maple, White ash and aspen, however, invasive and native vegetation such as American beech and Autumn olive will take over these sites once additional light is introduced to the forest floor. This understory vegetation will almost certainly shade out more desirable plant species such as Red oak, White oak, Sugar maple and Black cherry. Topography of this site is gentle to moderate as slopes range from 0 to 20%. Dominant soil types are Lordstown and Mardin silt loams. Northern red oak will be planted in the patches once the herbicide work is completed to help improve wildlife habitat. The project is located in the Eastern section of Stand G-41 of the Danby State Forest in the Town of Danby, New York.

Contact: John Clancy, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045, Phone: (607) 753-3085 ext. 258.

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