Forestry presentations highlight APA agenda

RAY BROOK – State Adirondack Park Agency commissioners will hear a pair of forestry-related presentations during their monthly meeting this week.

The presentations come a month after APA Chairwoman Lani Ulrich indefinitely postponed action on a controversial general permit that would ease the agency’s permitting guidelines for clear-cutting on private lands in the Park. It was the second time action on the proposal had been postponed, which APA spokesman Keith McKeever said would give the board more time to deliberate and hear from forestry experts.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, agency staff will deliver a presentation to the Enforcement and Park Ecology committees on APA jurisdiction and review of forestry activities inside the Park. At 10:45 a.m., professor Ren H. Germain from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will brief the Park Policy and Planning Committee on sustained yield management and forest certification on forest industry lands in the Park.

Among other business Thursday, the Park Policy Committee will reconvene at 1 p.m. for an overview by Department of Environmental Conservation State Forester Robert Davies titled “The State of the Forest.”

At 2 p.m., the Regulatory Programs Committee consider a proposal to apply the herbicide Renovate to a roughly 15 acre portion of Loon Lake in the town of Chester, Warren County, for control of Eurasian watermilfoil.

The committee will also consider a proposal to construct a boardwalk nature trail on the property of The Arts Guild of Old Forge.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, the Economic Affairs Committee will hear an informational presentation from Sarah Reed of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program. She will compare land use and home sales in conservation and conventional development projects.

On Friday, the full agency will convene at 10 a.m. for a Community Spotlight presentation from town of Day Supervisor Mary Ann Johnson.

At 11 a.m., the State Land Committee will be briefed by APA planning staff on the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan’s classification criteria.

The full agency will assemble at 11:45 a.m. to take action as necessary.

The meeting will be webcast live at Meeting materials are also available on the agency’s website.