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ENB - Region 6 Notices 11/20/2013

Public Meeting Notice

Tug Hill North Draft Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (NYS DEC) - Region 6 will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Copenhagen Central School cafeteria, 3020 Mechanic Street, Copenhagen, NY 13626. NYS DEC staff will accept public comments on a Draft Unit Management Plan Draft (UMP) for the State forests comprising the Tug Hill North Unit. Persons are invited to attend the meeting to express their ideas and opinions about the management objectives outlined in the Draft Plan. The public meeting will begin with an open house format, which will allow the public an opportunity to speak with team members one on one to ask questions and informally discuss the Draft Plan. At 7:00 p.m. there will be a brief presentation of the Draft Plan highlights. Following the presentation, the public will have an opportunity to offer verbal comments as well as written comments. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments by mail to the contact person at the above Lowville address or e-mail at the above address.

A copy of the Plan is posted on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/74515.html. The Draft Plan is also available for public review at the following locations:

  • NYS DEC - Region 6 Headquarters, State Office Building, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, New York 13601
  • NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub-Office, 7327 State Rt. 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521.

Digital copies are available on compact discs from the Lowville Office and may be requested by calling (315) 376-3521, extension 208. Comments on the Draft Plan will be accepted until December 20, 2013.

The Draft UMP has been developed to address management activities on 42,339 acres of State Forests that make up the Tug Hill North Unit. The proposed Draft UMP will help maintain healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse ecosystems for fish and wildlife and provide continued opportunities for forest product sales, recreational use, and environmental education and research.

The Tug Hill North Draft UMP creates a detailed inventory and management strategy for the natural resources present on the Unit. The Unit is home to seven beautiful gulfs that have been carved over thousands of years and provide breathtaking views. The forests comprising the unit help to buffer and protect the 9,470 acres of classified and unclassified wetlands and 180 miles of classified and unclassified streams. Hunters, trappers and anglers enjoy the many acres of suitable habitat to pursue their interests, while recreationists have opportunities on the developed multi-use trails, which include 54.6 miles of foot trails, 48.2 miles of cross country ski trails, 39.6 miles of bike trails, 18.1 miles of equestrian trails and 120.6 miles of snowmobile trails. While no major changes are proposed for the management of these resources, the Draft Plan addresses them to ensure they are maintained at least at their current level.

The Draft Plan has identified a few additional opportunities on the Unit that may enhance the resources and the public's access to these State forests.

  • Landscape forest management that will hold dense forest canopy cover in the core of the Unit while allowing for more early successional habitat management in the northern portion of the Unit.
  • Creation of an additional snowmobile trail that will take the trail off of Nichols Road and move it onto State Forest.
  • Gate the Adams Right-of-Way Road off Grunley Road to only allow motorized access to the Right-of-Way holder and NYS DEC for administrative purposes. Foot traffic access for the public will still be allowed.
  • Develop trails into each of the scenic gulfs on the Unit.
  • Investigate opportunities to develop a mountain bike trail system on Pinckney State Forest or another suitable location.

The Draft UMP contains proposed maintenance projects for facilities. A detailed schedule of other activities such as timber harvesting, mowing, survey requests and facilities inventories are also included.

The Tug Hill North Unit is located in the Towns of Lorraine, Rodman, Rutland and Worth in Jefferson County, New York and in the Towns of Harrisburg, Martinsburg, Montague and Pinckney in Lewis County, New York. The Management Area is comprised of eight State Forests and one Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The unit is a patchwork of State owned parcels located west of Lowville, Lewis County, south of Copenhagen and east of Adams, in Jefferson County. The following list of State forests are included in this Draft UMP: Sears Pond, 5,708 acres, Grant Powell Memorial, 8,137 acres, Cobb Creek, 2,203 acres, Lookout, 3,996 acres, Granger, 737 acres, Pinckney, 2,166 acres, Tug Hill, 12,306 acres, Gould's Corners, 2,043 acres and the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area, 5,112 acres.

Contact: Andrea Mercurio, NYS DEC - Region 6 Lowville Sub-Office, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367, Phone: (315) 376-3521, E-mail: almercur@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Adirondack Park Agency Completed Applications

County: Herkimer

Applicant: Lyme Adirondack Timberlands I, LLC
23 South Main Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Contact for this Project: Sean Ross
23 South Main Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Office: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)
P.O. Box 99, Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
(518) 891-4050, ext. 207

APA Contact: Aaron Ziemann

APA Project Number: 2013-0239

Project Title: Lyme Adirondack Timberlands I, LLC

Location: Town of Webb, New York.

For Adirondack Park Agency: Comment Period Ends: December 4, 2013

Project Description: The action involves a forty-two (42) acre shelterwood overstory removal, constituting a greater than 25 acre jurisdictional clearcut in upland forest.

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