It is such an obvious 'win-win situation,' it's astounding that it took nearly a decade to accomplish it.
Despite the obvious benefits of the effort, I expect at least one environmental advocacy group will announce a lawsuit or other legal challenge to the proposed easement modifications, if for no other reason than to prove, once again, that no good deed goes unpunished.
Written comments on the process will be accepted until Dec. 11, 2009 at 5 p.m. Address letters to Heather Carl at NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4255 or Email: HFF3DEIS@gw.dec.state.ny.us
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