The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced a plan to update the popular Second Pond Boat Launch on Route 3 in Harrietstown, part of a 10.5-acre Intensive Use Area that provides key access to the Saranac Lakes. A part of the plan includes a land swap with the adjacent High Peaks Wilderness Area.
The DEC is planning to rebuild and expand the boat launch and resurface the parking area, including the addition of a new firewood storage building, the removal of an old cabin, and the construction of a new registration booth and invasive species kiosk. According to press reports a boat washing station, considered important to prevent the spread of invasive species by boaters, was not included in the plan.
Plans do include the following: replacement of the concrete launch ramp with a double-ramped boat launch including a turnaround for vehicles; replacement of the existing docks; creation of a canoe and kayak launching site; removal of dilapidated log cabin; construction of registration booth; construction of a firewood storage building; reconstruction of the vault toilet system; and reconfiguration and resurfacing of the parking area. Reporter Chris Knight spoke with state officials this week and learned more about the details. You can find his story here.
The APA is proposing amendments of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) to reclassify 5.6 acres of Wilderness to Intensive Use and 6.8 acres of Intensive Use to Wilderness based on DEC recommendations developed in the Second Pond Intensive Use Area UMP to place all developed facilities within the Intensive Use area.
Public Hearings will take place at the following times and locations:
7/17/2012 at 7:00 pm at APA Headquarters, Rt. 86, Ray Brook, NY
7/18/2012 at 1:00 pm in Room 129 A, DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY
Written public comments on the proposed reclassification and unit management plan actions will also be accepted until July 31, 2012. Requests for information or copies of the DSEIS and written comments for the APA should be directed to: James Connolly, APA Deputy Director, Planning Division, Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 – call (518) 891-4050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments for DEC should be directed to Douglas Bernhard, Assistant Director, Division of Operations, Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233 – call (518) 402-9055 or e-mail email@example.com.