"We have an obligation to follow the criteria that the [Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan] has set for us as to how we look at a classification process," said Weber. "And, so we need to look at the various areas of resources, with those being the physical resources, the biological resources, the intangible resources which have to do with an area's sense of remoteness or its ruggedness. Those kinds of resources that are more difficult to describe but they are real."
Weber said the APA must look at existing use on the land and the facilities that are there.
"We have to look at all of those resources together to come up with a recommendation," he said.
The recommendation - which includes comments from the public - is then gathered by APA staff and given to the agency's board of directors. The action they take, said Weber, is to either accept the recommendations or "modify the recommendations as they see fit."
However, the board's final recommendation is merely that - a recommendation - which is forwarded on to Gov. David A. Paterson for a final decision.
"It's the governor that ultimately puts into effect the recommended classification of the land," said Weber.
The Jan. 28 hearing, which will be held at the town hall, located at 3662 State Route 3, will begin at 7 p.m. Those who are unable to attend may submit comments in writing in care of Weber to P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook N.Y. 12977 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be faxed to 891-3938 and Weber may be reached at 891-4050.
The public comment period is open until Friday, March 19.
"Depending on the kind of comments we get, that could always be extended, if necessary" said Weber.
For more information, visit the APA Web site at www.apa.state.ny.us.