Monday, June 3, 2013

APA Schedules NYC Hearing On Finch Lands

Essex ChainThe Adirondack Park Agency has scheduled a hearing in New York City on various options for classifying of 21,200 acres of former Finch, Pruyn land and up to 24,200 acres of adjacent Forest Preserve. The classification decision will determine whether motorized access and recreation will be allowed on the lands and waters in question.

The hearing will be in the Downtown Conference Center at Pace University on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. The center is located at 157 William Street, 18th Floor, in Manhattan.

The APA plans to hold eight hearings throughout the state on the Finch, Pruyn lands, which the state recently acquired from the Nature Conservancy. The agency had previously announced the dates and locations of the other seven.

Following is the full schedule:

June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.

June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.

June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.

June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, Manhattan, 6 p.m.

June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.

July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.

July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.

July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.

Written comments will be accepted through July 19. They should be sent to APA Deputy Director James Connolly at P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or apa_slmp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

For more background, click here to see a series of stories that the Adirondack Almanack has published on the Finch, Pruyn lands.

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Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack.

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4 Responses

  1. Dale Jeffers says:

    Let me make sure that I understand this correctly. The Adirondack Park has about 110,000 residents so the APA schedules 5 hearings within the Park. The balance of the state has about 19 million residents so the APA schedules 3 hearings for the balance of the state.

    Am I missing something?

    • M.P. Heller says:

      Its nice to see that they are at least trying to reach folks in other parts of the state.

    • Paul says:

      Probably the fact that the APA budget is in the toilet and they can’t get too far away from Raybrook. They should try and do it all virtually anyway.

  2. Paul says:

    Phil, Any followup on the access issues for the Madawaska Flow area? It looks like that gate is still locked up pretty tight. It seems like even when you have decent access it doesn’t guarantee anything. What is that like a six mile carry now? But I guess even walking across part of that is illegal.