APA hearings begin on former Finch land

— The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) began a series of public hearings this week to collect comments for state land classification alternatives for former Finch Pruyn lands in the Central Adirondacks.

The first hearing was held Wednesday, June 12 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook.

The rest of the public hearings will be held on the following dates at the listed times and locations:

•Monday, June 17: 1 p.m., Minerva Central School, 1466 County Route 29, Olmstedville

•Monday, June 17: 7 p.m., Newcomb Central School, 5535 State Route 28N, Newcomb

•Wednesday, June 19: 6 p.m., Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William St., 18th Floor, Manhattan

•Tuesday, June 25: 6 p.m., Indian Lake Central School, 6345 NYS Route 30, Indian Lake

•Monday, July 1: 7 p.m., The Harley School, 1981 Clover St., Rochester

•Tuesday, July 2: 1 p.m., NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany

•Tuesday, July 2: 7 p.m., Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, 1340 State Route 9, Warren County Offices, Queensbury

The classification proposals involve lands in the towns of Minerva and Newcomb, Essex County and the town of Indian Lake, Hamilton County. Detailed maps and the draft environmental impact statement describing the proposed action are available at the Adirondack Park Agency offices and on the APA’s website at www.apa.ny.gov.

The APA will hold public hearings throughout the Park and State to present alternative proposals and accept public comment. The APA will accept written public comment until July 19.

The purpose of the public hearing process is to afford an opportunity for public comment on the broad range of classification alternatives before the Agency. Any person may present an oral or written statement in regard to the proposed alternatives. Staff will be available to answer questions prior to each of the hearings.

Local towns favor Wild Forest

On June 5, Long Lake officials posted a story on their town’s blog saying that the five local towns favor a Wild Forest classification of all 69,000 acres of former Finch land, including the Boreas Ponds Tract, which has not yet been purchased by the state. These towns — Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson — have created a partnership called the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub “to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification” for the former Finch Pruyn lands.

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