Wild Center boardwalk, Whiteface project top APA agenda

RAY BROOK – A new exhibit at Tupper Lake’s Wild Center will be up for approval at Thursday’s state Adirondack Park Agency meeting.

The Wild Walk involves construction of an observation tower and a series of elevated platforms connected by bridged walkways on the natural history museum’s property off of Hosley Avenue. The project is scheduled to come before the agency’s Regulatory Programs Committee at 9:30 a.m.

Among other business at its one-day meeting, the Economic Affairs Committee will hear an informational presentation at 11 a.m. from Ursula and Michael Vaillancourt of Tupper Lake regarding their small business, Sootbusters LLC. In addition to chimney-related services, the company offers tree work, wood pellet delivery and cleanup services. The Vaillancourts will discuss how small businesses can diversify their offerings to maximize sales, according to an APA press release.

At 1 p.m., Graeme Auld, an assistant professor at the Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration in Ottawa, will brief the APA’s Park Policy and Planning Committee on the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council forest certification programs. Agency staff will then describe how these certification programs correlate with APA regulatory review obligations.

At 3:15 p.m., the Legal Affairs Committee will receive an overview of the agency’s proposed Transfer of Development Rights and Procedural Bill.

At 3:45, the State Land Committee will convene for an informational presentation on proposed amendments to the Whiteface Mountain Unit Management Plan. The projects include reconstruction of the ski patrol building on Little Whiteface, including the installation of emergency communications equipment, construction of an emergency access road on Lookout Mountain, the modification and widening of Burton’s and Lower Thruway trails, and the reuse of Porcupine Lodge as a warming shelter and ski patrol outpost.

At 4:30, the full agency board will assemble to take action as necessary.

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