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ENB - Region 6 Notices 6/8/2011

Public Notice

Public Scoping Meeting Notice Tug Hill North Draft Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Copenhagen Central School cafeteria in Copenhagen, NY.
NYS DEC is seeking public input on the development of the Tug Hill North Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP). Persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Unit and express their opinion on the management of the Unit. The public meeting will begin in an open house format that will allow the public to interact with NYS DEC staff and view displays. There will be a brief presentation by NYS DEC staff on information about the Unit and the Unit Management Planning Process. The meeting will then be turned over to the public to make comments and finally return to an open house format. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments or receiving additional information about the development of the Management Plan can contact Andrea Mercurio at NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub Office, 7327 State Highway 812, Lowville, New York 13367 or call (315) 376-3521 extension 208 or e-mail r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us Also visit the NYS DEC website and navigate to the UMP webpage at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4979.html. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person by mail or by e-mail. Input on the initial development of the plan will be accepted until August 31, 2011.

The Unit Management Plan is designed to cover all environmental considerations for the Unit and forms the basis for all management activities within the Unit. State forests are managed for watershed protection, production of timber and other forest products as well as recreation.

A team of NYS DEC staff has been assigned and is responsible for developing the plan. The team includes staff from the Divisions of Lands and Forests, Fish and Wildlife and Marine Resources, Operations and Public Protection. The first phase of UMP preparation includes: developing a detailed map of the unit; inventory of resources (flora and fauna); mapping existing facilities and structures; and general recommendations for public use and future plans.

The Unit is located in Lewis County, New York, in the Towns of Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague and Pinckney and in Jefferson County, New York, in the Towns of Lorraine, Rodman, Rutland and Worth.

The Tug Hill North Management Area is comprised of Eight State Forests and one Wildlife Management Area. The Unit is a patchwork of New York State owned parcels located west of Lowville, South of Copenhagen and east of Adams.

The list of New York State Forests are:

Sears Pond State Forest - 5,708 acres
Grant Powell Memorial State Forest - 8,137 acres
Cobb Creek State Forest - 2,203 acres
Lookout State Forest - 3,996 acres
Granger State Forest - 737 acres
Pinckney State Forest - 2,166 acres
Tug Hill State Forest - 12,306
Gould's Corners State Forest - 2,043 acres
Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area - 5,112 acres

Contact: Andrea Mercurio, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521 extension 208, E-mail: r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Negative Declaration

Lewis County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lewis RA #20, Stands A-15 and A-21, Site Preparation will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the herbicide application to reduce the abundance of hay scented and New York fern and bindweed as well as beech, to a level that would allow the natural regeneration of desirable tree species. Accord XRT II and Oust XP will be used in a foliar application in Stand A-15 which is approximately 20 ± acres. A cut-stump application will take place on 25 ± acres in Stand A-21. Both of these treatment areas are Alleghany northern hardwood forest. Controlling the undesirable species will promote the natural regeneration of sugar maple, white ash, yellow birch, red oak and black cherry. Application method used will be by backpack or machine mounted sprayer targeting only undesirable species within the application area. The project is located on Lewis Reforestation Area #20, High Towers State Forest, Stands A-15 and 21, in the Town of Lyonsdale, New York. Stand A-15 is accessed off Rumble Road. Stand A-21 is located on either side of Public Forest Access Road Beech Flats off Shibley Road.

Contact: Andrea Mercurio, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521 extension 208, E-mail: r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us.





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