Tuesday, May 8, 2018

APA Agenda: Big Changes For Most Popular Adirondack Areas

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, May 10th, 2018.

The meeting will include discussion on the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest and the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plans (UMPs), proposed amendments to the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area UMP, an Arbor Day tree dedication, a presentation on the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and discuss proposed enhancements for the Ski Bowl Village located in the Town of Johnsburg.  What follows is the agenda issued by the APA:

At 9:30 am, the State Land Committee will come to order to consider authorizing a joint public comment period with the Department of Environmental Conservation for input on proposed activities and Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) conformance for the Vanderwhacker Wild Forest and the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan (UMP) amendments. The committee will also deliberate APSLMP conformance for proposed amendments to the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area UMP. The committee meeting will conclude with an informational presentation on the Mount Van Hoevenburgh UMP.

At 12:15 pm, the Agency will commemorate Arbor Day with a tree dedication in honor of former APA Chairman, John R. Collins, Jr. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

At 1:30 pm, the Park Ecology Committee will hear a presentation from Dr. Eric Howe, Program Director at the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Dr. Howe will provide an overview of the Lake Champlain Basin Program including its Opportunities for Action document, State of the Lake Report, and Local Implementation Grant awards.

At 2:30 pm, the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approval for the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and Town of Johnsburg’s proposed enhancements for the Ski Bowl Village located in the Town of Johnsburg, Warren County. Improvements would include winter and non-winter recreational facilities.

At 3:45 pm, the Full Agency will convene to take any necessary actions and hear member and Local Government Review Board comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the APA’s website. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Provide any requests for specific accommodations to Keith P. McKeever at (518) 891-4050. The March Agency Meeting is scheduled for June 7-8, 2018, at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook.

Photo: Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Building in Ray Brook.

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10 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    “authorizing a joint public comment period” – another one?

    The pace at which these things happen reminds me of that one where the snail is on the turtles back saying – wow, slow down!!!

    • Boreas says:

      The idea is to make it look as though they are listening.

      • Paul says:

        They are. Public comment is just one part of their process. In some cases here many would like it to be a referendum rather than a comment process. These agencies don’t only answer to the loudest people. It’s funny I saw a comedian recently saying that the world is beginning to be run by those who can type the fastest!

        • Boreas says:

          It looks to me like it has been decided. Sounds a lot like their original plan despite significant risks to the wetlands:


          • Paul says:

            I have met and have personally interacted with one of the wetlands biologists that does that assessment work for the APA. I personally will take his recommendation over the recommendations of the general public. No decisions have been made yet.

            • Boreas says:

              So people who say the wetlands are in danger have no qualifications? I watched the presentation to the APA board that these professionals gave, and they stated facts, not opinions. I have full faith the facts they presented were true, and the facts they offered did not change my opinion of the risks to the wetlands. In fact, virtually everything they presented supported my opinion. But I suppose it matters how people assess those facts. Different conclusions by people with different agendas. Regardless of the integrity of the facts, the decisions will not being made by wildlife or wetlands scientists.

              The only encouraging statement in the plan in the article link above was limiting the size of the parking area to 6 cars – all subject to a reservation system. What wasn’t mentioned was where the next closest parking area would be or whether roadside parking would be allowed.

              • Paul says:

                I wasn’t commenting on your opinion simply giving my assesment. The people making the decisions are making them based on the facts presented to them by the professional (including very experienced scientific staff) of the agency. The wetlands in these areas have been subject to much more intensive activity over the years then you would have with these new proposals. They sure look good given what they have been exposed to.

                • Boreas says:

                  Well-thought out logging helps mitigate damage to wetlands. Leaseholders to camps are generally good stewards of the lands as well, while the wetlands have been off-limits to the public until the purchase. That explains the better-than-expected condition. General public use is an entirely different can of worms.

                  The key will always be, how much access and how close will the access be. If it is limited to 6 cars in a Day Use Only lot (proposed), it will ease a lot of day pressure. I have mixed feelings about opening Boreas Ponds Road during “hunting season”, as the hunting season wasn’t defined. I assume they meant deer hunting only. I guess we’ll find out.

                  • Paul says:

                    In most cases where the DEC say that they usually mean during the “regular big game season”. But it could be different.

                    I wonder how many cars and trucks, not even counting the logging activity, were using those roads when it was just the clubs? There are/were a lot of camps in there. The ponds also have had motor boat use for many years. How has that impacted the wetlands? As far as the number of hunters you would have in there now compared with the camp lease program in full swing? My guess is far less, but we will see. If there is too much use and a problem then limit the access. No plan is a permanent thing.

  2. Jim S. says:

    Well thought out. Pick up the permit for parking next to Boreas Pond right where the big new micro-brewery is going . This will be an economic boom for the area. How much is the deposit on a few dozen growlers?

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