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Public Notice

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 Trust for Public Land, over certain lands located in the Towns of Clifton, Clare and Colton, St. Lawrence County, New York.

For further Information contact:

John P. Keating, Superintendent
Bureau of Real Property
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-4256
(518) 402-9442

Negative Declaration

County: Herkimer and Lewis

Lead Agency: NYSDEC

Project Title: Department of Environmental Conservation Adoption and Adirondack Park Agency Compliance Determination of the Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest Unit Management Plan

Contact Person: David Smith
317 Washington Avenue
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: (315) 785-2238

Project Location: Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest, Town of Webb, Herkimer County; Unclassified Forest Preserve, Town of Webb, Herkimer County, Town of Croghan, Lewis County; Croghan Tract Conservation Easement, Towns of Croghan and Watson, Lewis County; and Lassiter Conservation Easement, Towns of Croghan and Diana, Lewis County

Project Description: The Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest Unit, Unit Management Plan, sets forth the proposed goals, objectives, management actions and costs for the management of 15,133 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 25,923 acres of conservation easement lands. The primary goal of management for Forest Preserve lands will be to protect the natural wild forest character and to provide a variety of compatible outdoor recreational activities.

The primary goal for conservation easement lands will be to provide for public recreation which is compatible with the natural resources in cooperation with landowners goals and objectives for the property.

Some of the management actions proposed in the plan include: maintenance and rehabilitation of existing facilities, closure of easement roads to ATV use, relocation of an existing snowmobile trail, closure and reclamation of an existing gravel pit, construction of two snowmobile bridges, construction of a new motor vehicle bridge to replace an existing one, construction of a foot trail across easement lands, construction of parking areas, relocation of an existing campsite, construction of two accessible lean-tos and pit privies, fish management activities as appropriate and construction of an accessible trail and waterway access site at Buck pond.