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ENB - Region 7 Notices 4/25/2012

Negative Declaration

Chenango County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed McDonough State Forest, Chenango RA#1, Stands C-6, C-16, C-21, D-25 and D-28, 2012 Herbicide Application for Beech Sapling Control will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of herbicides to a total of 69 acres of the McDonough State Forest, Chenango Reforestation Area #1, Stands C-6, C-16, C-21, D-25, and D-28. Accord Concentrate, and if necessary, Accord XRT II will be applied if satisfactory control has not been achieved. This area was previously forested predominantly with mature sugar maple trees. The majority of the sugar maple is now dead due to multiple defoliations by the forest tent caterpillar. The forest cover now includes many areas with American beech saplings and little or no over-story trees. The stump surface of the beech stems will be treated with Accord Concentrate (EPA Reg. # 62719-324) to reduce the number of American beech saplings and provide opportunity for other Northern hardwood species to become established. Accord XRT II (EPA Reg. # 62719-556) will be applied as a foliar spray on beech stump sprouts if the cut-stump herbicide application does not provide satisfactory control. Additional herbicide application may be necessary. The project is located in the McDonough State Forest, Town of McDonough, New York, access is from Whaley Road.

Contact: Andrew Goeller, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub Office, 2715 Route 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4036 Ext 612.

Onondaga County - The City of Syracuse, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Project Plan Review-Syracuse University College of Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the construction of a new 197,000 square foot academic building on the Syracuse University campus. The project is located on the Syracuse University Campus in the City of Syracuse, New York.

Contact: Heather A. Lamendola, City of Syracuse, 201 East Washington Street, Room 512, Syracuse, NY 13202, Phone: (315) 448-8640 Fax: 315-448-8621, E-mail: hlamendola@ci.syracuse.ny.us.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing (Change of Date Revision)

Cortland County - The New York State University Construction Fund, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland Student Life Center. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 7, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Barry Elementary School, 40 Raymond Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until May 17, 2012. The Draft EIS is available from the Memorial Library on the SUNY Cortland campus and on line at: http://www.sucf.suny.edu/project/environ.cfm.

The action involves a proposal by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) to construct a Student Life Center on an 8.5 acre site on the SUNY Cortland campus. The proposed two story building would total approximately 146,724 gross square feet and the structure would be approximately 50 feet tall at the highest point. The project will support a wide variety of recreational and social uses including, but not limited to weight lifting, fitness, recreational athletics, climbing, swimming, jogging, games, informal gatherings, and dining.

The Project site currently consists of the Davis Field outdoor track and athletic field, the Campus Community Bike Shop, and a back-flow prevention building. Although the proposed Project would require removal of these facilities, the function of the bike center and back-flow prevention building will be integrated into the Student Life Center. Existing parking along Pashley Drive will also be eliminated as part of the site development. In addition, two existing basketball courts and two existing tennis courts located immediately south of the proposed Student Life Center site may be removed to allow for the installation of replacement parking spaces. A mix of landscaping (including newly planted trees and foundation plantings), paved areas, and lawn are proposed for the areas surrounding the Student Life Center.

The project is located off of Pashley Drive and Lankler Drive Extension (also known as Stratton Drive) on the SUNY Cortland campus, in the City of Cortland, New York.

Contact: Peggy McSorley, State University Construction Fund, 353 Broadway, Albany, NY 12246, Phone: (518) 320-1710, E-mail: Peggy.McSorley@suny.edu.

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