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More public hearings scheduled for fire towers

RAY BROOK - The Adirondack Park Agency will hold three public hearings regarding the assessment of alternatives to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan related to the fire towers in the St. Regis Canoe Area and Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area.

Proposed alternatives for amending the State Land Master Plan include:

• Reclassifying an area around the base of the fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains to a Historic Area classification.

• Revising the SLMP Canoe Area guidelines to include the fire tower on St. Regis Mountain as a conforming structure.

• Revising the SLMP classification guidelines to allow the retention of the fire towers in Primitive areas under certain conditions. This alternative would include creating a small Primitive area around the fire tower on St. Regis and retaining a small Primitive area classification around the fire tower on Hurricane Mountain.

• No Action; which would result in removal or relocation from their current locations.

Public hearings will be held on the following dates and locations:

• Monday, Aug. 9, 3 p.m. at the NYS DEC Headquarters, Room 129 A&B, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY

• Tuesday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. at Keene Central School, 33 Market Street, Keene Valley, NY

• Wednesday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. at Paul Smith's College, Route 86 & 30, Paul Smiths, NY

The public is invited to present oral or written statement in regard to the proposed actions. Written comments will be accepted through August 25, 2010 and may be addressed to James Connolly, Deputy Director, Planning Division, NYS Adirondack Park Agency, PO Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or by e-mail at apa_slmp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area is in the towns of Elizabethtown, Jay, Keene and Lewis in Essex County. The St. Regis Canoe Area is located in the towns of Santa Clara, Harrietstown and Brighton in Franklin County.

Description of the proposed action is available for downloaded from the APA's website at www.apa.state.ny.us or on CD at Agency's headquarters in Ray Brook. For further information regarding the proposed actions contact James Connolly at 891-4050.

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