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Essex Chain at center of three-day APA meetings this week

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek after meeting with town and county leaders Thursday, Sept. 26, about the classification of newly acquired state land, such as the Essex Chain Lakes. Behind Cuomo, from left, are Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas, Sen. Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at the Gore Mountain Ski Center in North Creek after meeting with town and county leaders Thursday, Sept. 26, about the classification of newly acquired state land, such as the Essex Chain Lakes. Behind Cuomo, from left, are Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas, Sen. Betty Little, Assemblyman Dan Stec and Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at its Headquarters in Ray Brook Wednesday, Dec. 11. This month’s meeting will be a three day meeting.

The Full Agency will come to order at 1 p.m. for administrative actions. At 1:30 p.m., the Full Board will begin to deliberate amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan involving classification of recently acquired Finch lands and reclassification of certain adjoining State Land parcels. This action involves the Essex Chain, Indian River and OK Slip Tracts. Agency staff will brief the Board on standards for the Agency’s decision, compare the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to the Draft Supplemental Impact Statement, review alternatives and receive a presentation on the Preferred Alternative.

On Thursday morning at 9 a.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee will determine approvability for a Class A project for a 42-acre shelterwood cut proposed by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands, LLC. The project is proposed for lands in the Town of Webb, Herkimer County.

At 11 a.m., the Full Agency will reconvene to continue discussion of the Finch State Land Classification Action. The Board will receive a detailed overview of the Preferred Alternative and the determinants for classification. The Board will first review the physical characteristics including the general natural resource considerations and road network. From 1 to 5 p.m., the Board will be briefed on the Biological and Intangible characteristics. This will include the Essex Chain and Hudson River fisheries, wetlands and wildlife considerations. The Board will then be detailed on the intangible and social considerations including buildings and existing infrastructure, reserved rights and easements. In addition, the Board will hear a presentation on economic factors, recreational opportunities and snowmobiling. The meeting will conclude with a Board discussion of the Preferred Alternative.

On Friday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m., the Full Agency will hear a presentation of the Draft Resolution for the Finch 2013 State Land Classification Package. This includes consideration to accept the FSEIS and act on the recommendation for classification for the Finch 2013 State Land Classification Package.

At 11 a.m., the Full Agency will come to order for committee reports, Local Government Review Board comment, public and member comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the Agency’s website at apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2013/12/index.htm.

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