The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for proposed activities to the Lake Champlain Islands Management Complex Unit Management Plan (LCIMC-UMP). Public comment should address if the proposed activities conform to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP). The APA will accept public comment until January 6, 2017.
The islands that comprise the LCIMC encompass approximately 1,133 acres of Forest Preserve lands on six of the seven state-owned islands in Lake Champlain – Valcour, Schuyler, Cole, Garden, Sheepshead, and Signal Buoy.
There are also approximately 28 acres of land that make up the three boat launch sites included in the LCIMC which are administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Bureau of Fisheries: Peru Dock, Port Douglas and Willsboro Bay.
The six islands and three boat launch sites in the LCIMC are located just east of Plattsburgh, Clinton County and run south to Ticonderoga in Essex County. The islands and boat launch sites are on the western half of the lake.
The LCIMC contains about 13 miles of hiking trails, 34 designated campsites and offers a wide variety of day-use opportunities. Recreational activities include hiking, picnicking, visiting the Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island, wildlife and bird watching, and hunting.
Some APSLMP conformance criteria related to these actions include:
– Identifying the range of appropriate recreational activities for the various islands;
– Providing reasonable public access; and
– Management and protection of natural and historic resources.
The APA will accept public comment on APSLMP conformance until January 6, 2017.
The APSLMP and the UMPs are available for viewing or download from the Adirondack Park Agency website at: www.apa.ny.gov.
Address all written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance to:
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Email – SLMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov
If submitting comment by email, type the Unit Management Plan name in the subject line of the email message.