At its monthly board meeting in Ray Brook on Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) announced that it will begin a public process to consider amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) . The APSLMP is the governing document for the classification and management of the constitutionally protected Forest Preserve lands within the Adirondack Park.
“It has been over 25 years since the APSLMP was amended and there is strong interest from all stakeholders to revise the Plan,” APA Chairwoman Lani Ulrich said in a statement to the press. “It is our goal to conduct an inclusive public process that will address commitments established in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex classification and identify other possible amendments to improve the APSLMP.”
“As part of Essex Chain Lakes Complex classification, the APA agreed to consider amendments to the APSLMP that would allow the use of all-terrain bicycles in the Essex Chain unit and non-natural materials to be used in the construction of a bridge over the Cedar River,” the press release stated.
Four public meetings, in Ray Brook, Warrensburg, Old Forge and Albany, are expected to be scheduled throughout the Adirondack Park and New York State over the next several weeks to provide an opportunity for public comment.
Following the public meetings, and subsequent meetings with stakeholders, the agency plans to undertake a State Environmental Quality Review on the Essex Chain Lakes Complex proposals and develop a timeline to consider additional amendments to the APSLMP.
The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan defines permissible activities on State-owned Forest Preserve land in the Adirondack Park. The APSLMP was written in 1972, but since 1987, there have been no major amendments to the APSLMP.
An updated version of the APSLMP with updated Area Descriptions, Statistical Information and Appendices was published in February, 2014, and can be found here.