APA details classification alternatives for former Finch lands

— In the meantime, APA Board members would take multiple field trips to the affected regions of the Park before making their decision.

Once the land new land is classified and exisiting Forest Preserve is reclassified, the DEC will start the Unit Management Plan process, which could start as early as 2014, Connelly said.

Senior Natural Resources Planner Kathy Regan told committee members that there are four criteria the staff will be looking at when making its classification recommendation: physical, biological, intangible and existing uses.

She also stressed the difference between the classification and UMP processes. The APA first determines the classification (or category) of the land, as outlined in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Then the DEC takes the lead on writing the UMP, which details the uses of a unit.

During the presentation, Associate Natural Resources Planner Matt Kendall showed State Land Committee members the areas of discussion. As the APA’s map guy, he showed PowerPoint slides of the maps along with aerial photos taken from Brant Lake photographer Carl Heilman.

Associate Natural Resources Planner Walt Linck then explained the potential recreational opportunities in these four parcels and adjoining Forest Preserve.

“There is a lot of interest in these lands,” Linck said. “They are beautiful.”

When considering the recreational uses, Linck said the staff wasn’t looking at each parcel on a case-by-case basis. In order to provide for a wide range of recreational opportunities, the staff looked at the “whole package,” including the newly acquired lands and adjoining state lands.

“We’re obligated to look at the area as a whole,” Linck said.

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