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ENB - Region 5 Notices 5/8/2013

Public Scoping Meeting Notice

County: Clinton and Franklin

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Location: The Chazy Highlands Management Unit is comprised of scattered parcels of State lands that have been split from the Debar Mountain Wild Forest to create a new management Unit. Portions of the Unit are in the Towns of Altona, Bellmont, Black Brook, Dannemora, Duane, Ellenburg, Franklin and Saranac.

Project Title: Chazy Highlands Management Complex Unit Management Plan

Contact Person:Dan Levy
PO Box 296
1115 NY State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 897-1276
E-Mail: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public scoping meeting on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Saranac High School Auditorium in Saranac, New York. The DEC is seeking public input on the development of the Chazy Highlands Management Complex Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP). Persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Unit and express their opinion on the management of the Unit. The public meeting will begin in an open house format that will allow the public to interact with DEC staff and view displays. There will be a brief presentation by DEC staff on information about the Unit and the Unit Management Planning Process. The meeting will then be turned over to the public for comments. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments or receiving additional information about the development of the Management Plan can contact Dan Levy at NYSDEC, PO Box 296, 1115 NY State Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or call (518) 897-1276 or e-mail r5.ump@dec.ny.gov Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person by mail or by e-mail.

The plan will address the management of 34 separate parcels of state land including 48,362 acres of Forest Preserve lands classified as Wild Forests; 10,214 acres of State Forest lands; and 2,331 acres of Wildlife Management Area lands and the Upper Chateaugay Lake Boat Launch Site, an Intensive Use Area. The plan will also include the Recreation Management Plan for approximately 2,000 acres of the Lassiter Conservation Easement Lands.

The Unit Management Plan is designed to cover all environmental considerations for the Unit and forms the basis for all management activities within the Unit. A team of DEC staff has been assigned and is responsible for developing the plan. The team includes staff from the Divisions of Lands and Forests, Fish and Wildlife and Marine Resources, Operations and Public Protection. The planning process will involve an inventory of the natural resources of the area and an analysis of the ability of its lands and waters to accommodate public recreational use. The primary recreational uses on these lands are fishing and hunting, however, the public also participates in hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and bird/wildlife watching on these lands. The guidelines for the Chazy Highlands lands require that they be managed to encourage appropriate kinds of recreation while providing a high level of protection to the natural resources.


County: Fulton

Lead Agency: NYS DEC

Project Location: These conservation easement lands are located in the Towns of Bleecker and Mayfield off of Dennie Road, Jackson Summit Road, Hohler Road and Tannery Road

Project Title: Sacandaga West Working Forest Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan

Contact Person: Allison Buckley
NYS DEC-Lands and Forests
PO Box 1316
Northville, NY 12134
Phone: (518) 863-4545 Ext. 3007
E-Mail: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) will hold a public scoping meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mayfield High School Auditorium at 27 School Street in Mayfield, NY 12117. The DEC is seeking public input on the development of the Draft Recreation Management Plan for the Sacandaga West Working Forest Conservation Easement. Persons are encouraged to attend to learn more about these easement lands and express their opinion on how they should be managed. The public meeting will begin in an open house format that will allow the public to interact with DEC staff. There will be a brief presentation by DEC staff on information about these lands and the Recreation Management Planning Process. The meeting will then be turned over to the public for comments. Any individual or organization interested in providing comments or receiving additional information about the development of the Management Plan can contact Allison Buckley, NYSDEC, Lands and Forests, PO Box 1316, Northville, NY 12134 or call (518) 863-4545, Ext. 3007 or e-mail r5.ump@dec.ny.gov Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person by mail or by e-mail.

The plan will address the management of the six working forest conservation easement parcels totaling 3,200 acres. Public recreation rights include motorized and non-motorized uses. Connector snowmobile trails, a destination multi-use trail and a network of groomed cross country ski trails are included in the specific rights purchased by New York State. The RMP will ensure protection of natural resources as well as provide recreational opportunities for the public.


Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Warren County - The Lake George Park Commission, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Lake George Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan / DGEIS. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on May 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ft. William Henry, Lake George, NY 12845 and on June 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Best Western, Ticonderoga, NY 12883. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until June 25, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the Lake George Park Commission, 75 Fort George Road, Lake George, NY 12845; and on line at: www.lgpc.state.ny.us. The Lake George Park Commission has completed a Draft Invasive Species Prevention Plan / DGEIS, which is now available for public review. This Plan identifies various alternatives that the Commission could undertake to prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species into Lake George. Alternatives include voluntary prevention measures, a self-certification program for boaters, and a mandatory inspection program, whereby all trailered boats would be required to have their boats inspected prior to launch into Lake George. Boats not meeting a standard of "clean, drained and dry" would be required to undergo decontamination (hot water power washing) at the inspection station prior to launch. Details of the invasive species issue on Lake George, including details on prevention alternatives, logistics, benefits and costs are presented in the Plan. The project is located in the Lake George Basin.

Contact: Dave Wick, Lake George Park Commission, Post Office Box 749, Lake George, NY 12845; Phone: (518) 668-9347, Fax: (518) 668-5001, E-mail: info@lgpc.state.ny.us.


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