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ENB Region 4 Notices 4/7/2021

Negative Declaration

Columbia County - The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Clermont State Historic Site Invasive Species Control will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the removal of oriental bittersweet at Clermont State Historic Site. The oriental bittersweet project site is located around areas with historical significance, high visibility areas, walkways, trails, and gardens. These areas include the Clermont Mansion, Lilac Garden walk, South Spring Garden, Cutting Garden, Walled Garden, Wilderness Garden, and Pine Avenue. The oriental bittersweet is densest in the Pine Avenue area. Potential damage to buildings of historic significance and competition within historic gardens are also of concern as bittersweet may girdle trees around the surrounding historical areas and out compete native species. The goal of this project is to reduce the density of oriental bittersweet throughout these areas to prevent any damage to historical sections of the site and highly trafficked areas of the park by manually cutting it with hand saws. The project is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in the Town of Germantown, 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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