APA accepting public comment on Lows Lake floatplane usage

RAY BROOK The Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comments on Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) compliance for a proposed amendment to the 2002 Bog River Complex Unit Management Plan. The proposed amendment, prepared by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), involves floatplane usage in the Lows Lake Primitive Area. The Adirondack Park Agency will consider compliance of this amendment with the State Land Master Plan prior to final adoption by DEC. The Agency will accept public comments on the proposed amendment until September 2. Lows Lake Primitive Area: This Primitive Area is located in the Town of Colton, St. Lawrence County. It is bounded on the east by the southern edge of the road leading to Lows Lake Upper Dam and the upstream edge of the dam, on the south by the Bog River Flow, on the west by private land and the Five Pond Wilderness Area and on the north by the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. This area is an integral part of the Hitchins Pond-Lows Lake-Oswegatchie River canoe route, which begins in the Hitchins Pond Primitive Area immediately downstream. Preservation of the wild character of this canoe route without motorboat or airplane usage is the primary management goal for this Primitive Area, as established by the State Land Master Plan. The 2002 unit management plan directed DEC to enact regulations to discontinue floatplane use in the Low Lake Primitive area by January 2008. DECs proposed amendment will allow floatplanes to continue to use Lows Lake under a permit system. The proposed permit system would be maintained for either a period of ten years or until such time as the State or any land conservation organization acquires the riparian rights for motorized access associated with the last major private in-holding on Lows Lake, whichever comes first. The Lows Lake Primitive Area Unit Management Plan amendment is available for download from the Adirondack Park Agency website: www.apa.state.ny.us/Mailing/0808/StateLand/Bog River complex UMP amendment.pdf Please address all written comments pertaining to State Land Master Plan compliance to: Richard Weber, Assistant Director for Planning, Planning Division, Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 The Adirondack Park Agency Board may consider compliance of DECs unit management plan amendment with the State Land Master Plan at the September 11-12 Agency meeting. Any written comments received by September 2 will become part of the public record. Written comments received after September 2 will be provided to Agency members but will not be part of the official record. If Agency action on this amendment is delayed, the public comment period may be extended.

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