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Public hearings set for Second Pond actions

Second Pond boat launch, southwest of the village of Saranac Lake on Route 3

Second Pond boat launch, southwest of the village of Saranac Lake on Route 3 Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced upcoming public hearings to solicit public comment on an integrated series of related actions for the area known as the Second Pond Boat Launch Intensive Use Area and a small portion of the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

The Public Hearings will take place at the following times and locations:

•Tuesday, July 17, at 7 p.m., at the APA Headquarters, Rt. 86, Ray Brook, NY

• Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m., at the DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany.

The Second Pond Boat Launch Intensive Use area is located in the north-central portion of the Adirondack Park in the Town of Harrietstown, Franklin County. This unit is comprised of one Forest Preserve parcel covering approximately 10.5 acres. The area is bounded on the north by the Route 3, on the south and west by the High Peaks Wilderness Area, and on the east by Second Pond.

The DEC proposes actions to reconstruct the boat launch and parking area at the Second Pond Intensive Use Area with the goal to improve public access and minimize impacts on the natural resources present.

Written public comments on the proposed reclassification and unit management plan actions will be accepted until July 31. Requests for information or copies of the DSEIS and written comments should be directed to:

•James Connolly, APA Deputy Director, Planning Division, Adirondack Park Agency, P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, N.Y. 12977 (email: apa_slmp@gw.dec.state.ny.us);

Douglas Bernhard, Assistant Director, Division of Operations, Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, N.Y. 12233 (email debernha@gw.dec.state.ny.us).

The online version of the DEIS/FEIS is available at the following publicly accessible web site: apa.ny.gov/State_Land/assets/SecondPondDSEIS.pdf, along with www.dec.ny.gov/lands/82694.html.

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