2010-09-29 / Legal Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING-Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review) of the Environmental Conservation Law

This Notice is issued pursuant to Part 617 of the implementing regulations pertaining to Article 8 (State Environmental Quality Review) of the Environmental Conservation Law.  
Location and Description of Action: Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is located the Towns of Carmel, Kent, Philipstown and Putnam Valley in Putnam County.  Hudson Highlands State Park is located in the Towns of Fishkill, Philipstown, and Cortlandt, the Villages of Cold Spring and Nelsonville and the City of Beacon within Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties.  This SEQR Type I action involves Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial and Hudson Highlands State Parks. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared and accepted by the lead agency, the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation (OPRHP).  
Description of Action: OPRHP, as lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Adoption and Implementation of a Master Plan for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial and Hudson Highlands State Parks.  The draft plan includes natural resource management strategies and proposals for recreational use at both parks.  Hudson Highlands will be designated as a Park Preserve and a Park Preservation Area will be designated within Fahnestock.  Both parks will be designated Natural Heritage Areas and receive additional Bird Conservation Area designations.  Improvements will be made to various recreational facilities including the bathing beach facilities at Canopus Lake, picnic facilities at Pelton Pond, the Canopus boat rental area and peninsula area, parking facilities and trail systems in both parks.  A new park office will be constructed in Fahnestock and a new visitor’s center will be constructed in Hudson Highlands.  Natural resource protection will include invasive species and deer management plans, additional monitoring of significant natural communities and water resources and protection of rare, threatened and endangered species.   Cultural resource surveys will be conducted and environmental and cultural interpretation will be enhanced. The Draft Plan/DEIS describes potential environmental impacts and mitigation of those that may be adverse.  Areas that have been evaluated with respect to impacts include: land and water resources, biological resources/ecology, scenic resources, historic/archeological resources, open space and recreation, traffic and access, public health and safety, and growth and character of the community and neighborhood.
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY.  Persons may provide comments at the hearing or in writing no later than the end of the comment period – Friday, November 5, 2010.  All written comments should be forwarded to one of the agency contact persons.
CONTACTS: Garrett Jobson, Capital Facilities Regional Manager, Taconic Region, NYS OPRHP, P.O. 308, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12580, Phone: (845) 889-4100, Fax: (845) 889-8321 and Thomas B. Lyons, Director, Resource Management, OPRHP, Agency Building 1, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12238 Phone: (518) 474 0409 Fax: (518) 474-7013. Comments can be emailed to: Fahnestock-HH.Plan@oprhp.state.ny.us.
Availability of Draft Plan/DEIS: Copies of the Draft Plan/DEIS are available for review at the Park Office, at the offices of the agency contacts and at the Butterfield Memorial Library, 10 Morris Ave. Cold Spring, NY, the Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY and at the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY.  The online version of the Master Plan/DEIS is available at the following publically accessible web site:  http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx


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