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ENB - Region 6 Notices 3/13/2013

Amended Negative Declaration

Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida and St. Lawrence 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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