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ENB - Region 7 Notices 7/19/2017

Public Meeting Notice

Public comments are being accepted on both the draft Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan through October 2, 2017. Public meetings will be held Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 3, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pulaski Academy Auditorium. The Pulaski Academy is located at 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, NY 13142.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) recognizes the importance of the public participating in the planning process and is asking for comments and ideas on both plans. The public is invited to attend meetings to express their ideas and opinions about the management objectives outlined. The public meetings will begin with NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, Bureau of Forest Resource Management foresters presenting highlights of the draft Eastern Lake Ontario plan, followed by a 30 minute comment session. Following the Eastern Lake Ontario draft plan presentation and comment session, the NYS DEC - Division of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries biologists will present proposed river habitat and recreation enhancement concepts for the newly acquired Lower Salmon River State Forest. This presentation will also be followed by a public comment session.

The planning areas encompass five state forests and conservation easement lands, and includes the recently acquired National Grid lands.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Unit is located in the Oswego county towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Richland and Sandy Creek. The Unit includes the Altmar, Chateaugay, Sandy Creek and Trout Brook State Forests (totaling 6,126 acres). This draft plan has been developed to address both short-term and long-term land management opportunities, challenges and needs on these State Forests.

The Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan is in the early stages of development, and therefore a plan is not available for the public to review at this early stage in the planning process.

A copy of the draft Eastern Lake Ontario UMP is posted on the NYS DEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90727.html. The plans are also available, for public review, at the following locations:

NYS DEC - Region 7 Headquarters
615 Erie Boulevard West
Syracuse, NY 13204

NYS DEC - Region 7 Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

Salmon River Fish Hatchery
County Route 22
Altmar, NY 13302

Pulaski Public Library
State Route 11
Pulaski, NY 13142

Orwell Library
1999 County Route 2
Orwell, NY 13426

Digital copies are available on compact discs from the NYS DEC - Cortland Sub Office and may be requested by calling (607) 753-3095 extension 217.

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments to the contact person listed below.

If you are unable to attend these public meetings you are invited to submit comments for either area via mail or e-mail. The mailing address for comments is: NYS DEC - Division of Lands and Forests, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302. E-mail can be directed to: R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov. The NYS DEC will be accepting public comments for 60 days or until October 2, 2017.

Contact: Erin Jennings, NYS DEC - Region 7 Altmar Sub Office, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302, Phone: (315) 298-7467, E-mail: erin.jennings@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Madison County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Habitat Management Plan and Implementation of the First Timber Sale Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

The proposed action involves the adoption of a habitat management plan (HMP) for Tioughnioga WMA and implementation of the first timber harvest project to benefit wildlife species and habitat diversity within Tioughnioga WMA. The need is part of the Young Forest Initiative (YFI) and to reach the goal of the strategic plan (10% of forested area of WMA in young forest within ten years for perpetuity) to enhance habitat for species that require young forests. The purpose is to create habitat that is more diverse to increase health, diversity, and abundance of species dependent on young forest habitat and grassland habitat.

The first timber harvest project includes clear cutting 56 acres and stump removal on 50 of those acres for conversion to grassy field, clear cutting 11 acres to create young forest habitat, and 27 acres of intermediate forestry treatments (seed tree cut and thinning). Herbicide may be utilized to control interfering vegetation if necessary. The Tioughnioga WMA is located on Tinsley Hill Road in the Town of Nelson, New York.

Contact: Adam Robedee, NYS DEC - Region 7 Cortland Sub Office, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045, Phone: (607) 753-3095, E-mail: adam.robedee@dec.ny.gov.


Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Apartments (24 Units) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves proposal by the applicant to construct a 4 story apartment building with habitable basement to provide short term housing for the adjacent Johnson School of Management. The building will be 13,715 gross square foot and contain 24 single bed efficiency apartments. The project includes new landscaping, walkways, retaining walls, lighting, signage and exterior trash and recycling. The project is located at 238 Linden Avenue in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Lisa Nicholas, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6557, E-mail: lnichola@cityofithaca.org.


Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Finger Lakes ReUse - Commercial Expansion and Supportive Apartments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves a proposal by the applicant to expand the existing office and retail center with a new 26,000 ± square foot attached 4 story mixed-use building that will contain office, retail and 25 units of transitional housing fronting Elmira Road. Also proposed are a 8,100 square foot covered inventory area and a 600 square foot pavilion. The new parking and loading layout will reduce the number of curb cuts from 5 to 2. The building will have landscaped entrances facing Elmira Road that are connected to the new building giving those arriving on foot direct access to the building from the sidewalk. The project is located at 214 Elmira Road in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Lisa Nicholas, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6557, E-mail: lnichola@cityofithaca.org.


Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Apartments (60 Units) will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The project involves a proposal by the applicant to construct two four-story apartment buildings that will contain 60 dwelling units with up to 191 bedrooms. As the site is steeply sloped facing Dryden Road, two buildings are proposed to allow each building to have a different grade plane which will minimize heights near adjacent buildings and bring the lowest floor of the building facing Dryden Road closer to street level. Site development will require the removal of the existing apartment building, shed, parking areas and walkways. Site improvements will include a pedestrian connection from Dryden Road to Summitt Avenue, retaining walls, landscaping, walkways, and exterior bike racks. The project is located at 232-236 Dryden Road in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Lisa Nicholas, City of Ithaca, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6557, E-mail: lnichola@cityofithaca.org.


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