Thursday, February 8, 2024

Wildlife crossing bill moves

A woman in a bike helmet takes a photo of roadkill

Legislature

The state Senate’s environmental conservation committee today [Feb. 5] passed a bill enacting New York’s Wildlife Crossing Act. It directs the state Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority to identify sites where wildlife crossings are needed. Federal funding may be used to build the top five projects the state agencies identify.

Check out my colleague Mike Lynch’s story about why creating different kinds of safe passages for wildlife is important at this link. 

And on Wednesday [Feb. 7], the state Legislature will hear from dozens of groups about funding wishes for environmental conservation in the state budget. It will be a marathon day, starting with the commissioners of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, ending with Adirondack-area rangers, environmental conservation officers and the president of Paul Smith’s College. Written testimonies are already up online if you’d like to read them here: https://www.nysenate.gov/calendar/public-hearings/february-07-2024/joint-legislative-public-hearing-2024-executive-budget.

 

Adirondack Park Agency

The Adirondack Park Agency is also meeting this week. On Thursday, [today, Feb. 8] it will hold its monthly meeting. The board is expected to vote on proposed changes to the agency’s wetlands permit and accepting two unit management plans, one for Rollins Pond Campground and one for Golden Beach Campground.

You can view the agenda and learn how to watch the meeting here: https://apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2024/02/FullAgency/MonthlyAgendaFeb2024.pdf.

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

  • The APA has announced a public hearing and comment period regarding a variance request. Applicant Timothy Wade is seeking a variance to expand a pre-existing single family dwelling consisting of a 7.82-foot ridgeline height increase and a footprint increase of 50 square feet on Pleasant Lake on West Shore Road in the town of Stratford. The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Comments are also due by Feb. 16. To see the site plans, comment and learn how to participate in the hearing, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2022-0216A.
  • Building contractor Schuyler LLC now has a revised, later comment period for its subdivision proposal. The company proposes to build a four-lot subdivision creating three residential building lots accessed off Dayton Drive in the town of Corinth. Comments are due Feb. 22. To see the site plans and submit comments go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2021-0213.
  • Applicants Patrick & Hope Croneiser are proposing a three-lot subdivision creating three residential building lots of 10.3± acres, 9.9± acres and 9.2± acres on Penny Settlement Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Comments are due Feb. 22. To see the site plans and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2023-0242.

Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.

Photo at top: SUNY Potsdam Assistant Professor Kate Cleary documents roadkill on Route 12 in St. Lawrence County for a road ecology study. Photo by Mike Lynch.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.




9 Responses

  1. Waste of money, like people pay attention to signs. Just take a ride and prove me wrong.

  2. Bill Ott says:

    Mr. Dodson,
    Your comment spurred me to look up the bill itself. Just paste this into your browser: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2023/S4198/amendment/A.
    Find this statement about halfway down the page: “The most common forms of wildlife crossing are bridges and overpasses, tunnels, viaducts and culverts.” Like you, I thought “beware of wildlife” signs just warned you to watch for dead animals in the road.

  3. JohnL says:

    I’m afraid to ask. This was a topic close to CharlieS, and I haven’t seen him on this forum (Adirondack Almanack) in some time. Have I just missed him. Has anyone heard from him. Thanks for your help.

  4. Plow Boy says:

    There are things called COW Tunnels that allow dairy cattle to safely cross the under a road via a tall concrete pipe installed under the road way. This may be a productive way to spend FED grant ( FREE? ) $$$ .
    They can also be used by hikers and bikers to safely cross under a busy road. they last a long time if done right which appears to be so difficult to make happen inside the BLUE LINE when there is a threat of a lawsuit behind every 3″ PETER tree

  5. Ann Marie Brewer says:

    I spent time looking for this information.

    Was unable to find any information

    Can you give specific Web address with the title of the documents

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