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ENB - Region 3 Notices 12/15/2010

Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS

Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Agencies and the public are afforded the opportunity to consider the Final EIS; this consideration period ends on December 24, 2010. A hard copy of the Final Plan/Final EIS is available for review at the Park Office; at the offices of the agency contacts and the Butterfield Memorial Library, 10 Morris Ave. Cold Spring, NY, the Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY and at the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY. The online version of the Master Plan/Final EIS is available at the following publically accessible web site: http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx

The action involves the adoption and implementation of a Master Plan for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park and Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. The Final Plan includes natural resource management strategies and proposals for recreational use at both parks. Hudson Highlands will be designated as a Park Preserve and a Park Preservation Area will be designated within Fahnestock. Both parks will be designated Natural Heritage Areas and receive additional Bird Conservation Area designations. Improvements will be made to various recreational facilities including the bathing beach facilities at Canopus Lake, picnic facilities at Pelton Pond, the Canopus boat rental area and peninsula area, parking facilities and trail systems in both parks. A new park office will be constructed in Fahnestock and a new visitor's center will be constructed in Hudson Highlands. Natural resource protection will include invasive species and deer management plans, additional monitoring of significant natural communities and protection of rare, threatened and endangered species, streams, lakes and wetlands. Cultural resource surveys will be conducted and environmental and cultural interpretation will be enhanced. The Final Plan/Final EIS describes potential environmental impacts and mitigation of those that may be adverse. Areas that have been evaluated with respect to impacts include: land and water resources, biological resources/ecology, scenic resources, historic/archeological resources, open space and recreation, traffic and access, public health and safety, and growth and character of the community and neighborhood.

The Final Plan/Final EIS also includes a chapter summarizing public comments on the Draft Plan/Draft EIS and the Agency's responses to comments.

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is located the Towns of Carmel, Kent, Philipstown and Putnam Valley in Putnam County. Hudson Highlands State Park is located in the Towns of Fishkill, Philipstown, and Cortlandt, the Villages of Cold Spring and Nelsonville and the City of Beacon within Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties.

Contact: Garrett Jobson, NYS OPRHP - Taconic Region, P.O. Box 308, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12538, Phone: (845) 889-4100, Fax: (845) 889-8217 and Thomas B. Lyons, NYS OPRHP, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474 0409, Fax: (518) 474-7013.

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