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ENB Region 4 Notices 2/3/2021

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Town of Rensselaerville Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Solar Energy Local Law will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the of a Solar Energy Local Law, which amends the Town's zoning law by creating regulations for the installation and use of solar energy generating systems and equipment. The law defines small-scale and large-scale solar energy systems and sets permitting and other requirements for them. The law also identifies the zoning districts in the Town in which they are permitted. The project is located throughout the Town of Rensselaerville, New York.

Contact: John Dolce, Town of Rensselaerville, 37 Barger Road, Rensselaerville, NY 12120, Phone: (518) 239-4225, E-mail:

Columbia County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Taconic State Park New England Cottontail Habitat Management will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a proposal by the NYS OPRHP to manage areas of known New England Cottontail (NEC) habitat to create shrubby, early successional habitat for this declining species that will provide winter food and cover. Habitat management will occur at three areas within Taconic State Park, 1) Weed Mine Road, 2) Shakshober Road, 3) Quarry Hill Road. Various combinations of tree felling, invasive species removal, native shrub planting and/or seeding, and tilling will be used. Some management may involve the discontinuation of agriculture to allow agricultural fields to succeed naturally or with limited management. Tree cutting will involve 1) felling select trees in specific locations to open the canopy and let light in to encourage native shrub growth, and 2) felling trees along the edges of old field or agricultural lands to 'feather' the edges. Trees will be left where they fall to provide food, cover and deter deer from feeding on shrub and sapling regeneration. This will encourage native shrub growth. Species used in seeding and/or planting will be selected based on NEC preferred foods and species which occur within the Park. Plantings may require tilling the soil. If necessary, herbicide will be used to treat invasive species, but manual/mechanical techniques will be prioritized. The project is located along Taconic State Park, in the towns of Copake, Ancram, North East, New York.

Contact: Rebecca Ferry, NYS OPRHP, 9 Old Post Road, P.O. Box 308, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 235-5524, E-mail:

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