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ENB - Region 3 Notices 10/10/2018

Negative Declaration, Notice of Public Comment Period and Notice of Public Meeting

Sullivan and Ulster Counties - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Draft Unit Management Plan (draft UMP) for the Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest will not have a significant adverse environmental impact.

NYS DEC has completed a Draft Unit Management Plan for the Sundown Wild Forest and the Vernooy Kill State Forest. Major proposals in the plan include: the construction of a 30 to 40 car parking area near the "Blue Hole"; the construction of a 1,500 foot accessible trail for the purpose of connecting the parking area to the "Blue Hole"; the construction and expansion of additional multiple-use trails and parking areas to facilitate public use of the unit; and the expansion of opportunities for snowmobiling, equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, camping and for people with disabilities throughout the unit.

NYS DEC will be holding a public meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Ellenville Public Library at 40 Center Street, Ellenville, NY 12428.

Written comments are welcome and will be accepted, by mail or e-mail, by the contact person until Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Copies of the draft UMP are posted on the NYS DEC website at:

Copies of the draft UMP will also be available on CD at NYS DEC's headquarters in Albany, NY (5th floor) and NYS DEC's Region 3 office in New Paltz, NY.

The project is located in the Towns of Denning, Olive, Rochester, and Wawarsing in Ulster County and the Town of Neversink in Sullivan County, New York.

Contact: Pine Roehrs, NYS DEC - Region 3 Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Phone: (845) 256-3076, E-mail:

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