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ENB - Region 6 Notices 10/18/2017

Public Notice

Extension of Public Comment Period for the Draft Amendment to the Five Mile and Kildare Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is proposing to amend both the Five Mile Conservation Easement (CE) Interim Recreation Management Plan (IRMP) and the Kildare Conservation Easement RMP portion of the Raquette Boreal Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) to construct the 1.25 mile "Kildare Connector Road" between the Five Mile and the Kildare CE lands. The public can use existing roads through the Five Mile Conservation Easement to access the Kildare Tract from May 1 through September 30 for recreational opportunities, such as hiking, mountain biking, nature observation, and fishing. The new connector road will provide access to about 17.5 miles of motor vehicle roads on the Kildare tract CE, also from, May 1 through September 30.

Comments are welcome and will be accepted by the contact person until November 10, 2017. The Draft Amendment is posted on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22573.html.

Lands included in this RMP amendment are in the Town of Hopkinton, New York.

Contact: Peter D'luhosch, NYS DEC - Region 6 Potsdam Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 6739 US Route 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, Phone: (315) 265-3090, E-mail: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.


Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Southwick Beach State Park - Beach Area Development Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the development and re-development of facilities in the high day-use beach area of Southwick Beach State Park. Project components include: construction of a new Concession Building/Beach Bathhouse including retaining walls and landscaping; beach area entrance road re-alignment; rehabilitation of parking lot #1 and construction of parking lot #2 both including green infrastructure elements; dune protection measures and construction of dune boardwalks/walkovers and picnic areas; installation of educational signage/kiosks; and renovation of the existing concession building.

Project components are consistent with the 1998 Final Master Plan/Final EIS for the park. The project is intended to: upgrade the facilities to meet the demand of increased public use; enhance pedestrian and vehicular circulation in this high use area; reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality; mitigate the potential for wind erosion of the existing beach area; mitigate the potential for sediment and pollutant transport into the adjacent wetland; restore existing areas of the wetland degraded by past sedimentation; create new wetland areas; improve visitor safety, ADA accessibility and overall day use experience; and provide educational opportunities for visitors on the importance of water quality and wetland ecosystems. The project is located at the Southwick Beach State Park in the Town of Ellisburg, New York.

Contact: Anthony Felder, NYS OPRHP, 45165 NYS Route 12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, Phone: (315) 482-2593, E-mail: Anthony.Felder@parks.ny.gov.


Jefferson County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wellesley Island State Park - Beaver Pond Dam Decommissioning Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The NYS OPRHP - Thousand Island Region has determined that it is no longer economically nor environmentally in the best interest to continue to maintain the earthen dam known as "Beaver Dam" in Wellesley Island State Park. This project will remove a portion of the existing dam and a section of causeway, thereby reducing pond levels, leaving a small pond and delineating a stream bed. The stream bed will be constructed with one foot elevation drops using cross-vane log structures. The area will be revegetated with native species to recreate a wetland and provide habitat conducive to beaver and Blanding's turtles. Long-term impacts are expected to be beneficial for the environment. The project is located in the Wellesley Island State Park in the Town of Orleans, New York.

Contact: Anthony Felder, NYS OPRHP, 45165 NYS Route 12, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, Phone: (315) 482-2593, E-mail: Anthony.Felder@parks.ny.gov.


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