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ENB - Region 7 Notices 10/10/2012

Public Notice

Designation of Critical Environmental Area

Town of Dryden, Tompkins County - The Town of Dryden has designated three areas within the town (CEA-01, CEA-02 and CEA-05) as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs).

(1) CEA-01: All or part of Town of Dryden Tax Parcels 21.-1-1; 21.-1-2.52;21.-1-2.4; 21.-1-2.8; 21.-1-2.21; 21.-1-2.92; 21.-1-2.93; 21.-1-2.6; 21.-1-2.7; 21.-1-2.1 [these parcels being east of Scofield Road (the town line with Lansing), north of Peruville Road (NYS Rte 34-B) and south of the town line with Groton and west of Cobb Street].

This CEA is also known as Wycoff Swamp and contains Tompkins County Unique Natural Area (UNA) 51.

The environmental characteristics which were the basis for the designation of the CEA include a natural setting with a pristine hemlock-hardwood swamp with a closed canopy that contains quality examples of plant community; State-designated wetland; rare or scarce community types; scenic / aesthetic value; rare or scarce plants; a historic botanical / zoological site; and diverse fauna.

(2) CEA-02: Part of Town of Dryden Tax Parcels 21.-1-24.13; 21.-1-24.4 and 21.-1-24.5 (these parcels being south of Walden Lane) and part of Town of Dryden Tax Parcels 21.-1-33.2; 21.-1-34.1; 21.-1-35.51; 21.-1-35.52; 21.-1-35.4; 21.-1-35.2; 21.-1-35.3; 21.-1-37.2; 21.-1-39.2; 21.-1-41; 21.-1-42; 21.-1-43; 21.-1-10.21; 21.-1-11; 21.-1-12.3; 21.-1-12.2; 21.-1-13; 21.-1-14.2; 21.-1-18 and 21.-1-19.4 (these parcels being south of Peruville Road, north of Bone Plain Road and west of Sheldon Road).

This CEA is also known as Townley Swamp, East Branch and Townley Swamp, West Branch and contains Tompkins County Unique Natural Areas (UNAs) 49 and 50.

Townley Swamp, East Branch is a large wetland with mostly hemlock - red maple swamp. Townley Swamp, West Branch is one of the largest and most pristine swamps in Tompkins County, rich in mesic forest adjacent to the swamp, sugar maple, basswood, white ash, red maple and bitternut hickory. The environmental characteristics which were the basis for the designation of this CEA includes State-designated wetland; scenic / aesthetic value; quality examples of plant community; rare or scarce plants and old-growth forest.

(3) CEA-05: All or part of Town of Dryden Tax Parcels 28.-1-2.3; 28.-1-2.6; 28.-1-2.5; 28.-1-4; 28.-1-5; 28.-1-6; 28.-1-7.2; 28.-1-7.3; 28.-1-19.121; 28.-1-19.112; 28.-1-19.14; 28.-1-24.2; 28.-1-25.12; 28.-1-28.2; 28.-1-29.12; 28.-1-33 [these parcels being south of Hile School Road, west of Ed Hill Road, north of Brooklyn Road (village of Freeville line) and east of Groton Road (NYS Rte 38)].

This CEA is also known as Freeville Fir Tree Swamp and contains Tompkins County Unique Natural Area (UNA) 73, and is adjacent to UNAs 48 and 71.

Freeville Fir Tree Swamp is a mostly forested swamp (80%) with incomplete canopy due to wetness and frequent windthrow (fallen trees). This important botanical site has been altered by beaver activity in recent years. Some areas have a dense shrub layer and there are islands of mesic forest and some open marsh. The environmental characteristics which were the basis for the designation of this CEA include: quality example of plant community; State-designated wetland; scenic / aesthetic value; rare or scarce plants; historic botanical / zoological site; area of geologic importance; rare or scarce animals, diverse fauna; rare of scarce community types and old-growth forest.

Contact: Bambi L. Avery, Town Clerk, Town of Dryden, 93 East Main Street, Dryden, NY 13053, Phone: (607) 844-8888


Negative Declaration

Onondaga County - The Town of Onondaga Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law Amending PCO Zoning District Regulations to Permit Funeral Homes as a Special Permit Use will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves proposed legislation that amends the Zoning District Regulations pursuant to Chapter 285 of the Code of the Town of Onondaga to allow funeral homes as a special permit use in the Professional and Commercial Office District (PCO) of the Town, Section 285-15. The project is located throughout the Town of Onondaga, New York.

Contact: Kevin M. Gilligan, Esq., 500 Plum Street, Suite 300, Syracuse, NY 13204, Phone: (315) 422-1152


Tioga County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed El-Ba Park Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the applicant to mine sand and gravel from 26.05 acres of land within a 53.34 acre parcel of land owned by El-Ba Park, LLC. Reclamation will be for the purpose of extending and improving the existing automobile resale parking area. The project is located south of State Route 17C, northwest of intersection of Ellistown Road and Broad Street, and immediately east of the Village of Waverly, in the Town of Barton, New York.

Contact: Teri Phelps, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045-1090, Phone: (607) 753-3095, ext. 294, E-mail: dep.r7@dec.ny.gov.


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