RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comment on a pair of general permits that are designed to streamline the approval process for certain projects.
At its November meeting, the APA board gave staff the go-ahead to seek comment on a new general permit to address forestry treatments inside the Park and amendments to an existing general permit that deals with the management of aquatic invasive species.
The forestry general permit - 2012G3 - would authorize a simplified agency approval process for implementing silvicultural treatments that meet jurisdictional clearcutting thresholds for landowners who have a certified forest management plan. The permit is designed to encourage sustainable forestry practices and good silviculture prescriptions, including shelterwood cuts, which will result in healthy working forests.
Comments on the silviculture general permit should be addressed to Dan Spada, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or 518-891-4050.
The amended general Permit - 2008-G1B - would authorize the 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 the following 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 supervisor of the APA's Resource Analysis and Scientific Services division.
The general permit allows for control activities to be authorized on privately owned water bodies or water bodies owned by the state and under the jurisdiction of the state Office of General Services or DEC, including Forest Preserve lands.
Comments on the aquatic invasive species general permit should be addressed to Edward S. Snizek, P.O. Box 99, Route 86, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or 518-891-4050.
The public comment period will run through Dec. 28.
The general permits are available for viewing on www.apa.ny.gov, the APA's website.