Moose River Plains ...

RAY BROOK - After three public hearings, the New York State Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that they will extend the public comment period for the comprehensive, integrated management actions proposed for the Moose River Plains Wild Forest.

The agencies determined, based on public input, that additional time is warranted for public comment. The public comment period is now extended to Sept.17.

"The comments are important to us," said Dave Winchell of the DEC. "We want to take time to hear them, respond to them and consider them."

Within the proposal are several changes to land classifications, a plan for a community connector snowmobile trail, and expansion of the West Canada Lake Wilderness, the creation of a Great Camp Special management Area and the creation of the Moose River Plains Intensive Use Camping Area.

The state land classifications proposals and minor amendments to the Master Plan were derived from a comprehensive planning effort to address the unique circumstances of the Moose River Plains area, according to the APA.

Copies of the documents are available on CD at DEC offices in Albany, Ray Brook, and Lowville. To request a copy, e-mail r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us or call 473-9518. CDs containing all of the documents are also available for public review at the town offices of Webb and Ohio in Herkimer County and Arietta, Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse in Hamilton County.

Information may also be viewed at, or download from www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_forests_pdf/mrpwfdgeis.pdf or www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22571.html.

Written comments on the management actions proposed in the two Draft Unit Management Plans may be sent to Josh Clague of the DEC at 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233 or lfadk@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Written comments on the proposed reclassification, proposed SLMP amendments and the DEC's proposed management action's consistency with the SLMP may be sent to Richard Weber of the APA at P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY, 12977 or apa_slmp@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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