Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Albany Public Hearing On Essex Chain Lakes Planned

Essex Chain Bicycle MapA third public hearing regarding the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Draft Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement will be held on Wednesday, July 22 in Albany, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

This is the third public hearing on the management of the newly acquired lands along the Upper Hudson and the Cedar River, the first and only such hearing outside of Northern New York.

DEC will hold the additional public hearing at 1 pm in room 129A of DEC Headquarters at 625 Broadway in Albany.  More information about the plans being made to develop the Essex Chain Lakes for recreation can be found here.

The plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex, located in the towns of Minerva, Newcomb, and Indian Lake, includes a snowmobile trail that would cross the Hudson River on the Polaris Bridge and the Cedar River on a newly constructed bridge; extensive mountain biking and equestrian trail networks; new ski trails, carry trails, and lean-tos; and expanded road access and parking areas. The proposal also seeks to maintain the Outer Gooley Club’s farmhouse building.

The current draft of the plan is available on the DEC website for viewing and downloading. Copies of the draft Plan/DEIS are also on CD at the following locations: DEC’s headquarters in Albany, NY (5th floor); DEC Region 5 Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY; DEC Region 5 Office in Warrensburg, NY; and town hall offices in Indian Lake, Minerva, and Newcomb.

Written public comments are being accepted until July 27, 2015, and may be sent to Corrie O’Dea, Senior Forester, NYSDEC Lands & Forests, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885 or e-mailed to R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

Map provided by DEC.

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One Response

  1. Dave Gibson says:

    Thanks to DEC for listening to many of us who asked for at least one out of Park hearing about the management present and future of this magnificent area.