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ENB - Region 9 Notices 3/13/2013

Public Notice

Notice of Public Information Meeting and Comment Period

This notice announces a public information meeting and comment period on a proposal for Gypsy Moth suppression in portions of Allegany State Park, Cattaraugus County.

A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m, at the classroom building at Camp Allegany in Allegany State Park, Salamanca, NY.

Background: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) Park staff were alerted last fall of large numbers of adult gypsy moths laying eggs in the park. Egg mass counts were conducted in the high use and old growth areas in November with counts averaging over 5,000 egg masses/acre with some areas as high as 16,000/acre. The threshold normally used to indicate high levels of egg masses to prevent likely tree mortality is 1,000/acre. Due to the concerns over large scale tree defoliation and potential impacts to public safety, NYS OPRHP is proposing to aerially spray Gypchek (a naturally occurring gypsy moth virus which is an environmentally safe insecticide that is specific only to Gypsy Moths). Gypcheck would be sprayed over 1,050 acres of high use areas and 1,002 acres of old growth hemlock hardwood forest this spring. NYS OPRHP has applied to the USDA Forest Service for a grant for partial reimbursement of the cost of this treatment.

The meeting will include a presentation by NYS OPRHP staff on the proposed project and its environmental review and will provide opportunity for public comments.

Information: Copies of a briefing paper and map as well as information about Gypchek can be found on the NYS OPRHP website at: http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx.

Comments or questions on the proposal can be directed to the contact person listed below. Comments on the proposal will be accepted until April 10, 2013.

Contact: Karen Terbush, NYS OPRHP, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-8765, E-mail: Karen.Terbush@parks.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Erie County - Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Episcopal Church Home Acquisition and Property Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the acquisition by sale of live parcels constituting the former Episcopal Church Home properties. The Property is a boarded up vacant property visible from the ingree and egress point of the existing Peace Bridge and is in foreclosure. The New York State Urban Development Corporation doing business as Empire State Development (ESD) intends to acquire the Property in order to insure public safety and to improve the visual character of the property and surrounding area. Upon acquisition of the property, ESD would implement a plan to stabilize and provide for year-round maintenance of the property. It is anticipated that the property will be merely held, maintained, and remain undeveloped unless, and until, at some future time the Peace Bridge Plaza would be expanded, or some other economic development project would be undertaken. The project is located at 823, 825, and 843 Bush Avenue and 1 and 3 Massachusetts Avenue in the City of Buffalo, New York.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, ESDC, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, Phone: (212) 803-3252, E-mail: rshatz@empire.state.ny.us.



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