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For Release: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

DEC and DOT Seek Public Input on Future Use of Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor

First Step in Amending Unit Management Plan to Create Recreational Trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake

Deadline for Comments is Aug. 10

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) are seeking public review and comment on a Draft Scoping Document to determine the future use of the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The draft scoping document identifies potential impacts of the proposed action to be analyzed in a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) and the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (UMP) 2019 Amendment.

Upon final approval, the Draft Scoping Document, DSEIS, and Draft UMP Amendment will allow the State to transfer jurisdiction of the segment of the Travel Corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid from DOT to DEC, and develop a multi-use recreational trail in the segment managed by DEC.

The DSEIS and the Draft UMP Amendment will be prepared to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

The State has completed, or is currently undertaking, the following actions to move forward with the Draft UMP Amendment/DSEIS for the Travel Corridor:

  • APA approved an amendment to the APSLMP to revise the definition of Travel Corridor that allows recreational use on the Travel Corridor, which was signed by the Governor on June 21, 2019;
  • DEC has acquired the parcels within the Travel Corridor located in the North Country Community College campus;
  • DEC and the North Elba-Lake Placid Historical Society are partnering on an access agreement to allow public access to the Society's lands around the Lake Placid Depot; and
  • A draft historic mitigation plan is being developed in accordance with the New York State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) to address potential adverse impacts to the corridor and which will be included in the draft UMP amendment/DSEIS as an appendix.

In addition, DOT is preparing to rehabilitate the railway between Big Moose and Tupper Lake.

A public meeting will be held to receive comment on the Draft UMP Amendment/ DSEIS when these documents are released for public review. The Draft Scoping Document is available on the DEC website.

DEC and DOT are accepting public comment until August 10. Written comments may be mailed to John Schmid, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or e-mailed to adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

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