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ENB - Region 5 Notices 3/13/2013

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Saratoga and Warren

Project Title/Sponsor: Warren County

Contact for this Project: Paul Butler
Warren County Department of Parks, Recreation and Railroad
4028 Main Street
Warrensburg NY 12885

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050

APA Contact Person: Leigh Walrath

Project or Application Number: 2012-0092 and 2001-213B

Project Title: Warren County

Location: Select wetland crossings along the railroad right of way which extends from the Town of Corinth, Saratoga County to the Town of North Creek, Warren County.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: March 28, 2013

Project Description: The use of herbicides for management of vegetation within the railroad right of way and at wetland crossings beginning at the Adirondack Park boundary in the Town of Corinth northerly to Warren County line (Town of Thurman). The project is also a permit amendment request for Permit 2001-213 to continue the use of herbicides at select wetland crossings located within the railroad right of way and between the Saratoga/Warren county border and the Village of North Creek.

Public Notice

Adoption of the Taylor Pond Management Complex Unit Management Plan

Counties: Clinton, Essex, and Franklin

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Towns of Ausable, Black Brook, Peru, Saranac, Chesterfield, Elizabethtown, Essex, Jay, Lewis, St. Armand, Westport, Willsboro, and Franklin.

Acknowledgement: This notice is acknowledge that the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation approved and signed the Taylor Pond Management Complex Unit Management Plan on February 28, 2013.

The Unit Management Plan can be viewed on the web at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/75834.html.

Contact: Dan Levy, NYS DEC - Region 5 Office, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518)897-1357

Negative Declaration

Hamilton County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Reclamation of Lower Sargent Pond will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the application of rotenone at 1.0 ppm to remove the fish population now dominated by non-native and native but widely introduced fish species. The pond will be stocked with brook trout following the reclamation. Lower Sargent Pond is located in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and the project is included in the draft Unit Management Plan for the area. The project is located in Lower Sargent Pond, Town of Arietta, New York.

Contact: William Schoch, NYS DEC - REgion 5 Office, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Maine Resources, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (518)897-1333, E-mail: bxschoch@gw.dec.state.ny.us .

Amended Negative Declaration

Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA), as lead agency, has amended the Negative Declaration dated November 28, 2012 for the proposed General Permit 2012G-3 Silvicultural Treatments that Meet Jurisdictional Clearcutting Thresholds. The Negative Declaration has been amended to provide new information gained from the public comment period, existing staff analysis and project review. The APA recognizes that 9 NYCRR §573.7 strictly defines clearcutting in relation to the remaining basal area amount of thirty square feet per acre. Correspondingly, other legitimate silvicultural cutting prescriptions, such as shelterwood removal cuts, can also be defined as clearcuts because they lower the residual basal area below the threshold referenced in the APA regulation. The strict definition of all silvicultural prescriptions as clearcuts based solely on a basal area threshold provides no incentive to complete other legitimate silvicultural prescriptions, including shelterwood cuts. The disincentive leads to "high grading", dominance by undesirable species, reduction in biodiversity and unhealthy forest conditions. This proposed General Permit pursuant to the Adirondack Park Agency Act (Executive Law Article 27) and 9 NYCRR Part 573 would authorize a simplified APA approval process for implementing silvicultural treatments that meet jurisdictional clearcutting thresholds as part of a forest management plan. The draft general permit and APA Order are available for public review at the APA's office in Ray Brook or on the APA's web site: www.apa.ny.gov. Please submit written comments regarding this negative declaration to APA staff, Aaron Ziemann by April 11, 2013.

The project is located in all or portions of the following Counties of New York State within the Adirondack Park: St. Lawrence, Essex, Oneida, Lewis, Clinton, Franklin, Herkimer, Hamilton, Warren, Washington, Saratoga and Fulton.

Contact: Aaron Ziemann, APA, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, New York 12977, Phone: (518) 891-4050

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