December 4, 2012

Comments sought on APA permits


---- — RAY BROOK — The Adirondack Park Agency is seeking public comment for a new general permit to address silvicultural treatments inside the park and amendments to an existing general permit that addresses the management of aquatic invasive species.

The public-comment period will run through Dec. 28.

During the November meeting, the board authorized staff to seek public comment for general permits 2012G3 and 2008-G1B, which allow for efficient agency review of eligible projects.

The general are available for viewing on the agency’s website:

General permit 2012G3 would authorize a simplified agency approval process for implementing silvicultural treatments that meet jurisdictional clearcutting thresholds for those landowners who have a certified forest management plan. This permit was prepared to encourage sustainable forestry practices and good silviculture prescriptions, including shelterwood cuts, which will result in healthy working forests.

Comments on that permit should be directed to: Dan Spada, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, phone 891-4050.

General permit 2008-G1B would authorize the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Lake George Park Commission, Hudson River Black River Regulating District, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, local municipalities, qualified lake associations, other qualified organizations and certified lake managers to control aquatic invasive species through the use of benthic barriers and hand-harvesting techniques.

The removal and/or control of these aquatic invasive plants species would be authorized: Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, water chestnut, yellow floating heart, European frog-bit, fanwort, Asian clam and other species identified by the APA supervisor, Resource Analysis and Scientific Services Division.

The general permit allows control activities to be authorized on or privately or state-owned water bodies or those under the jurisdiction of the Office of General Services or DEC, including lands classified as forest preserve.

Comments on that permit should be sent to: Edward S. Snizek, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, phone 891-4050.