Thursday, August 24, 2023

DEC & APA Hold Joint Public Comment Periods

Rollins Pond campground

Public Comment Periods Open Through September 18

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for the Rollins Pond and Golden Beach Campground and Day Use Area Unit Management Plans (UMPs). The public is invited to submit input on the draft plans, which will guide future management of the facilities over the next five years and their conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until September 18, 2023.

Rollins Pond Campground & Day Use Area is located along State Route 30, in the Town of Santa Clara in Franklin County. Constructed in 1955, the campground has since expanded from being the overflow to Fish Creek Campground to its own quiet destination on the eastern shore of the 442-acre Rollins Pond. The campground includes 287 campsites, accommodating all equipment from tents to 40′ RV’s, hot showers, flush toilets, a trailer dumping station, a boat launch (25 HP or under), boat and canoe rentals, and hiking trails.

The Draft UMP proposes the following management activities:

  • Replace four comfort stations and add utility sinks at all stations;
  • Replace the trailer dump station and the caretaker and assistant caretaker cabins;
  • Rehabilitate roads and construct a bike lane;
  • Construct additional staff housing;
  • Improve the boat launch;
  • Construct additional vehicle parking;
  • Construct a playground near the shower building;
  • Develop an accessible trail that will connect to the future Adirondack Rail Trail;
  • Develop an accessible trail between Fish Creek Pond Campground and Rollins Pond Campground;
  • Continue campsite restorations
  • Formalize the process for issuing extended camping permits, and
  • Reclassification of state lands based on their physical characteristics and ability to withstand use.

 

Golden Beach Campground & Day Use Area is located along Route 28, in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County. Development of the campground began in 1929 and it opened to the public in 1931. The campground includes 205 tent and trailer sites, a picnic area with tables and fireplaces, firewood sales, flush toilets, hot showers, a trailer dump station, a recycling center, accessibility features, a sand beach, a swimming area, a bathhouse, a boat launch, and hiking trails.

The Draft UMP proposes the following management activities:

  • Replace former vault toilet building and comfort station #6, add utility sinks to all comfort stations and replace trailer dump station;
  • Replace shower building and comfort station #1 with single building;
  • Replace bathhouses in day use area, currently used for storage with a pavilion;
  • Replace ticket booth;
  • Rehabilitate campground roads;
  • Replace trailered boat launch with a hand launch for canoes and kayaks;
  • Rehabilitate water system and campground sewage system;
  • Replace 1.1-miles of overhead power lines with underground system;
  • Continue campsite restorations , and
  • Reclassification of state lands based on their physical characteristics and ability to withstand use.

 

Management goals for both units include:

  • Administer recreation programs to ensure protection of the natural resources in accordance with Environmental Conservation Law and in conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan;
  • Provide recreational opportunities for the enjoyment of visitors, and
  • Enhance economic benefits to local communities.

 

Draft UMPs and presentation of the draft plans for Rollins Pond and Golden Beach Campgrounds can be viewed and downloaded at

https://www.apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2023/08/StateLand.htm.

Unit management plans are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of State land in the Adirondack Park. UMPs integrate the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.

DEC will accept comments on the proposed management actions in the Draft UMPs through September 18, 2023. Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Josh Houghton, EPS2 (NR)

NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253

Email: campinfo@dec.ny.gov

 

The APA will accept public comments on the proposed draft plans’ conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan through September 18, 2023. Please address all written comments related to the proposed UMPs’ conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to:

Megan Phillips, Deputy Director Planning

Adirondack Park Agency

P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977

Phone: (518) 891-4050

Email: SLMP_UMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov

 

In addition, the public can visit the Rollins Pond Campground Survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RollinsDraftUMP, and the Golden Beach Campground Survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GoldenDraftUMP, to share comments on recreational opportunities.

 

Survey responses will be accepted until September 18, 2023.

 

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