The Jay Mountain Wilderness UMP amendment was proposed to ensure the UMP is consistent with the constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2013 that permits exploratory sampling for the purposes of mining on the Forest Preserve parcel in the Town of Lewis, Essex County. The APA will accept written comments on this matter until June 2, 2014.
The constitutional amendment authorizes NYCO Materials, Inc. to conduct sampling on the 200-acre parcel, known as Lot 8, to determine the quantity and quality of wollastonite on the site, which is adjacent to the company’s long-standing mine.
The current Jay Mountain Wilderness Area includes Lot 8, which is part of the State Forest Preserve and is governed by Article XIV, Section 1 of the State Constitution (Article XIV). The property is also subject to the provisions of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) as outlined in the 2010 Unit Management Plan for the Jay Mountain Wilderness area.
According to a statement released to the press by the APA, the amendment to the UMP is intended to:
· Recognize that a constitutional amendment approved by the voters on November 5, 2013 implicitly repeals APSLMP guidelines for Wilderness that otherwise would prohibit NYCO’s mineral sampling operations within the Jay Mountain Wilderness area;
· Make the UMP consistent with the constitutional amendment; and
· Note that detailed terms and conditions governing the mineral sampling operations will be set forth in a Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) issued by DEC.
Written comments should be addressed to:
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
1133 NYS Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Or via email at [email protected]
Description of the proposed action is available for downloaded from the APA’s website at www.apa.state.ny.us.
All the Adirondack Almanack’s coverage of the proposal to mine the Jay Mountain Wilderness can be found here.