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6NYCRR Section 6.1 Notice of Adoption

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law, Sections 11-0303, 11-1101, and 11-1103, the Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Adoption of 6NYCRR Section 6.1 relating to the managed harvest of beaver and river otter. These regulations will be published in issue 43 of the State Register, dated 10/29/2003.

For further information contact:
Gordon Batcheller, Bureau of Wildlife
Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754
Telephone: (518) 402-8885 E-mail:grbatche@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Proposed Designation of Bird Conservation Areas

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is proposing designation of a new Bird Conservation Area (BCA) 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 Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve in Richmond County as a new Bird Conservation Area. OPRHP and DEC have designated twenty-five BCAs since the law was enacted in 1997.

The Clay Pit Ponds BCA is approximately 260 acres and meets two of the criteria for designation in the BCA law. It is a migratory bird concentration site and a diverse species concentration site. A variety of habitats, including wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams and forests support Neotropical migratory songbirds and forest dwelling Neotropical migrants.

OPRHP will accept comments on the proposed BCAs during a 30-day public comment period, which ends November 21, 2003. 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.