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ENB - Region 4 Notices 7/17/2013

Negative Declaration

Greene County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Evergreen Mountain Contracting, Inc. - Beech Ridge #2 Sand and Gravel Mine will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by Evergreen Mountain Contracting Inc. which currently has a permit to mine and process unconsolidated sand and gravel on a 4.5 acre Life of Mine site off H. Truesdell Senior Road. The company proposes to modify its current permit and expand mining operations into approximately 3.77 acres of the property directly contiguous to, and west of the existing mine. The project is located south of County Route 2, west of H. Truesdell Senior Road in the Town of Lexington, New York.

Contact: Angelo Marcuccio, NYS DEC - Region 4 Office, 1130 North Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, Phone: (518) 357-2069.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Albany County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for John Boyd Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the New Scotland Town Hall, 2029 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until August 23, 2013. The Draft EIS is available from the Park Office; the offices of the agency contacts listed below; the Voorheesville Public Library, 51 School Road, Voorheesville; the Berne Public Library, 1656 Helderberg Trail, Berne; the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY and on line at: http://www.nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx.

The action involves the adoption and implementation of a Master Plan for John Boyd Thacher and Thompson's Lake State Parks. The draft plan includes proposals for resource protection and for recreational use including continued rehabilitation and maintenance of the parks' existing facilities. The Draft Plan proposes to merge the two parks into one park called John Boyd Thacher State Park. New buildings and facilities proposed at Thacher Park include a new visitor center near the Indian Ladder Trail; redesign of the former pool area to include a challenge course, walkways and bikepaths and a basketball court; redesign of the Glenn Doone picnic area; installation of a new mountain bike skills park; replacement of several comfort stations; extension of the Indian Ladder and escarpment trails and improvements to other trails in the park; implementation of a new rock climbing program following the development of a climbing management plan; and consideration of development of an adventure course by the private sector. New buildings and facilities proposed for Thompson's Lake State Park include the expansion of the camping area including a new contact station for campers; expansion and redesign of the beach area; and a 4.6 mile trail connecting the two parks. Natural resource protection recommendations include designation of a Natural Heritage Area along the escarpment and cliff face in Thacher Park to highlight and protect the significant natural communities in that area of the park; development of an Invasive Species Management Plan and expansion of the New York State Bird Conservation Area to include all of both parks. The Draft EIS describes potential environmental impacts and mitigation of those that may be adverse. Areas that have been evaluated with respect to impacts include: land, water, wetlands, air, biological resources/ecology, historic and archeological resources, scenic resources, recreation, traffic/access, public health and safety, and energy, noise and odor.

The John Boyd Thacher State Park is located at 1 Hailes Cave Road in Voorheesville, Towns of Berne, Guilderland, Knox and New Scotland, New York and the Thompson's Lake State Park is located at 68 Thompsons Lake Road in East Berne, Town of Knox, New York.

Contact: Alane Ball Chinian, NYS OPRHP - Saratoga-Capital District Region, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY, Phone: (518) 584-2000 or M. Pamela Otis, NYS OPRHP - Environmental Management Bureau, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, E-mail: thacher-thompson.plan@parks.ny.gov.

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