In 2021, the state’s highest court ruled some snowmobile trails planned for Adirondack Park forest preserve violated the state constitution. While there were several facets to the decision, one of its cruxes was around the abstract question of what is a tree. Protect the Adirondacks, the group to bring the lawsuit, argued the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s definition of a tree was too small. The DEC was using 3 inches in diameter at breast height in its counts. Protect wanted the state to count trees 1 inch in diameter at breast height.
Last week, the DEC released a new forest preserve work plan policy that includes accounting for smaller trees. This policy will shape all projects on forest preserve—in the Adirondacks and Catskills—going forward. Read more on the policy here.
The APA is not meeting this month. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct 12-13.
The APA has some new public comment opportunities.
- Applicant Matthew and Eric Dorr plan to build two 11,900-square-foot boat storage structures each 46-feet 8-inches tall. The structures will be located behind an existing 9,000-square-foot boat storage structure. The project is at 2643 NYS Route 8 in the town of Lake Pleasant. Comments are due by Sept. 28. To learn more and comment, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
- Crossett Lake LLC is applying for permits to build four single-family dwellings and accessory structures on the site of a former Boy Scout camp. The camp was purchased by Florida developer Pritam Singh this past spring. The proposal involves removing existing camp buildings. One existing dwelling will be converted to a recreation building and the existing dwelling and barns at the entrance of the site will remain, according to the project description. The applicant also proposes to build two docks near the existing beach on Crossett Lake and one boathouse on the western shore of the lake. Comments are due by Sept. 28. To learn more and comment, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/
Explorer file photo of Peter Bauer
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