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For Release: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DEC Now Accepting Public Comments on Belleayre Mountain Projects Through June 24

Public Hearing Scheduled for May 29

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting public comments on the draft revision of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan and its draft Environmental Impact Statement (UMP/DEIS) as well as the modified Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for private development by Crossroads Ventures, LLC, the agency announced today. In addition, a Cumulative Impact Analysis and draft permits for the two related projects are also available for public comment through June 24, 2013.

The ski center is located on Forest Preserve lands under the jurisdiction of DEC, however Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) began operating the ski center in November 2012. As the former operator, DEC began the preparation of this UMP/DEIS in 2008.

The draft revision of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan/DEIS (Part A), the SDEIS for the proposed construction and operation of the Modified Belleayre Resort at the Catskill Park complex by Crossroads Ventures, LLC (Part B) and the cumulative impact analysis (Part C) are all part of the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) process needed for development in and around Belleayre Mountain.

DEC has scheduled an informational presentation of the proposed projects set forth in the draft revision of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan on May 22, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Discovery Lodge at the Ski Center located on Route 28 in Highmount, NY.

DEC has scheduled a public hearing on May 29 at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (Discovery Lodge), Route 28, Highmount, NY. The first session of the hearing will begin at 3 p.m. and the second session will begin at 6 p.m. Members of the public will be able to comment on the proposed projects.

Written comments on the draft documents can be submitted through June 24 by e mail, or mail to:

Daniel Whitehead, Region 3 Environmental Permit Administrator
NYSDEC
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

For more information on the proposed revision of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center UMP/DEIS (Part A), the Cumulative Impact Analysis (Part C) and draft permits, visit DEC's website.

For more information on the Modified Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park SDEIS (Part B), see the LA Group website link in the right column.

All comments will be carefully considered as DEC develops the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan and the final Environmental Impact Statements and permits for these respective projects.

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