State DEC working with Saranac on recreation plan for Sable Highlands

However, some of those in attendance had positive comments about the IRMP, having already dealt with the state DEC.

Mary Ellen Keith, supervisor for the town of Franklin, which is also a part of the acreage in the conservation easement, was approached by the DEC about what the town wanted to see, and, at the time, the town was not thrilled about the prospect of the DEC being in control of more of their land.

"We said, 'Number one, you're not taking care of the property in the town of Franklin' ... and we said you don't need any more to take care of," explained Keith. "Well, it went back and forth, back and forth, and we had meetings."

Eventually, the DEC and the town of Franklin were able to work out a plan expected to suit everyone. The most important part of which Keith felt there needed to be "something for everybody."

"You communicate your words, need to talk to your agency and let them know how you feel," Keith said to the audience. "Just exactly how you feel. And, I think these meetings are good. And, I found the DEC worked very well with us and I can't wait to get out there."

Comments will be accepted by the DEC until Monday, June 1, and may be sent to Reynolds by mail to P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook N.Y. 12977. Comments may also be faxed to 897-1394 or sent via e-mail to r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

"We will consolidate those comments and then we will evaluate them in the context of the conservation easement management goals for the public use of the property and then we'll make some adjustments to the final recreation plan based on those comments," said Reynolds.

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