Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Busy December APA Board Meeting Planned

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, December 13th and Friday December 14th, 2018. Both meeting days will begin at 9:30 am.

The meeting will address the Lyme Timber Company forest management project; consideration of authorizing a public comment period regarding State Land Master Plan conformance for proposed Ski Trail Guidance; a presentation from Dan Josephson from Cornell University; discussion on State Land Master Plan conformance; and more.

On Thursday at 9:30 am, the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report.

At 10 am, the Regulatory Programs Committee will consider approval for a forest management project proposed by Lyme Timber Company. The project site is in the Town of Tupper Lake, Franklin County. The project involves a proposed timber harvest on 643-acre of a 4,656-acre parcel in Rural Use and Resource Management land use area.

At 11:15 am, the State Land Committee will come to order to consider authorizing a public comment period regarding State Land Master Plan conformance for proposed Ski Trail Guidance. The guidance focuses on the development and maintenance of cross country ski trails on the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

At 1 pm, the Park Ecology Committee will hear a presentation from Dan Josephson from Cornell University. Mr. Josephson will discuss the impacts of acid precipitation, climate change and non-native fish introductions on native fish in the Adirondack Park.

At 2 pm, the Park Policy and Planning Committee will convene and deliberate the Agency’s proposed draft Renewable Energy Production, Supply and Conservation Policy.

At 2:45 pm, the State Land Committee will reconvene to determine State Land Master Plan conformance for a proposed amendment to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The amendment pertains to the Travel Corridor definition, guidelines, management and use.

The committee will also consider State Land Master Plan conformance for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.

On Friday morning at 9:30 am, the Public Awareness and Communication Committee will convene for perspectives from private forest landowners. John Bartow, Executive Director for the Empire State Forest Products Association will detail the National Woodland Owners Survey. Mr. Tim Burpoe from the Molpus Woodlands Group will provide an overview of their current timber management practices and involvement in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Easement Program.

At 11:15 am, 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 April Agency Meeting is scheduled for January 17-18, 2019, at the Adirondack Park Agency Headquarters in Ray Brook.

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

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