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Proposed Designation of Bird Conservation Areas

Statewide - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing designation of four new Bird Conservation Areas (BCAs) in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL § 11-0539 , 11-2001 and 11-2003). The BCA program provides a comprehensive, ecosystem approach to conserving birds and their habitats on state-owned lands and waters. It also provides for education and research opportunities related to birds and their habitats. Designation of a BCA will not affect existing recreational activities.

Legislative amendments to the BCA program enacted in summer 2002 require public notice of any proposed designations with a 30-day public comment period following publication of the notice. At this time, DEC proposes designation of all or portions of: 1) Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs); 2) Pharsalia WMA and New Michigan State Forest; 3) Upper and Lower Lakes WMA; and 4) Carter’s Pond WMA as new Bird Conservation Areas. Nineteen BCAs have been designated by DEC and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation since the law was enacted in 1997.

1) Oak Orchard/Tonawanda BCA is approximately 8,100 acres in Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties and meets seven of the BCA criteria: waterfowl concentration site; wading bird concentration site; migratory concentration site; diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; species at risk site; and bird research site. This BCA includes all of the oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs. These two WMAs comprise a large complex consisting mainly of managed emergent marshes, swamps and other wetlands, as well as extensive grasslands. Large numbers of wetland dependent birds breed here, and the site is an important migratory stopover for waterfowl and wetland-dependent birds.

2) Upper and Lower Lakes BCA is approximately 8,800 acres in St. Lawrence County and meets six of the criteria in the BCA program: waterfowl concentration site; wading bird concentration site; migratory concentration site; diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site. This BCA consists of the Upper and Lower Lakes WMA, which includes a large complex of open water surrounded by marsh, shrub, swamp, and upland forest. Upland areas include grassland and some shrubland, as well as forest.

3) Pharsalia BCA is approximately 10,000 acres in Chenango County, and meets four of the BCA criteria: migratory concentration site; diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site. This BCA includes the Pharsalia Woods Wildlife Management Area and the New Michigan State Forest. This area is a high elevation forest block surrounded by open farmland, and consists primarily of deciduous woodlands with some conifer plantations, mixed woods, shrublands and grasslands. The area has some of the largest unfragmented blocks of forest in the region, and supports a wide diversity of forest nesters.

4) Carter’s Pond BCA is approximately 450 acres in Washington County and meets four of the BCA criteria: migratory concentration site; diverse species concentration site; individual species concentration site; and species at risk site. This BCA consists of the Carter’s Pond WMA, which is a wetland and upland complex that includes open water, emergent marsh, wooded swamp, shrub wetlands, forests, old fields, grasslands, and shrublands.

DEC will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period which ends November 1, 2002. Comments or questions should be addressed to Bryan L. Swift, Nongame and Habitat Unit, DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754, phone (518) 402-8897; fax: (518)-402-8925; e-mail: blswift@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Proposed Designation of Bird Conservation Areas

Statewide - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is proposing designation of two new Bird Conservation Areas (BCAs) in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL § 11-0539 , 11-2001 and 11-2003). The BCA program provides a comprehensive, ecosystem approach to conserving birds and their habitats on state-owned lands and waters. It also provides for education and research opportunities related to birds and their habitats. Designation of a BCA will not affect existing recreational activities.

Legislative amendments to the BCA law enacted in summer 2002 require public notice of any proposed designations with a 30-day public comment period following publication of the notice. At this time, OPRHP proposes designation of portions of: 1) John Boyd Thacher State Park/Thompson's Lake State Park in Albany County; and 2) Caumsett State Historic Park in Suffolk County as new Bird Conservation Areas. Nineteen BCAs have been designated by OPRHP and DEC since the law was enacted in 1997.

The J.B. Thacher/Thompson's Lake BCA is approximately 1,810 acres and meets two of the criteria for designation in the BCA law. It is a diverse species concentration site and a species at risk site.

The Caumsett BCA is approximately 1,255 acres and meets four of the criteria for designation in the BCA law. It is a migratory concentration site, diverse species concentration site, individual species concentration site and a species at risk site. It is also a significant site for breeding populations of Piping Plovers (state Endangered and federally Threatened species) and Least Terns (state Threatened species).

OPRHP will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period which ends November 1, 2002. Comments or questions should be addressed to Thomas B. Lyons, Environmental Management Bureau, OPRHP, Agency Building #1, Albany, NY 12238, phone (518) 474-0409; fax: (518) 474-7013; e-mail: thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us

Additional information on the BCA program and other sites that have been designated can be found on the BCA website at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/bca/index.html.


Proposed Acquisition of Conservation Easement, from The Nature Conservancy over certain lands located in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County, New York.

Pursuant to Title 3, Article 49 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives public notice of the following:

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Section 49-0305(9) of the Environmental Conservation Law, of the Department's intent to acquire a Conservation Easement from The Nature Conservancy, Inc., over certain lands located in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County, New York.

For further Information contact: James Jensen, Superintendent, Bureau of Real Property, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-4256, phone: (518) 402-9442.


Notice is hereby given that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department), will hold legislative public hearings on the following proposed rules: 6 NYCRR Part 201, Permits and Registrations, and Part 226 Solvent Metal Cleaning Processes.

Hearings will be held at the following locations and times:

Wednesday, November 6, 2002, 1 p.m., Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court Street, Hearing Room Part 1, Buffalo NY 14203

Friday, November 8 , 2002, 1 p.m., NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Public Assembly Rooms 129A & B, Albany NY 12233

Wednesday, November 13, 2002, 1 p.m., NYSDEC Annex, Region 2, 11 - 15 47th Ave., Hearing Room 106, Long Island City NY 11101

Information may be obtained from Brad Shaw, NYSDEC Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-3254; telephone 518-402-8403; email bdshaw@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written comments may be submitted until 5 p.m., November 19, 2002.

The proposed regulation may be obtained from any of the following Department offices: