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APA’s May meeting will include a presentation on classifying new state lands

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - Updated: 7:56 PM

RAY BROOK – The Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at its Headquarters here Thursday, May 9, and Friday, May 10. Go to and click on ‘Webcast’ under ‘Agency Meeting’ to watch.

The Full Agency will come to order at 9 a.m. Thursday for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report.

At 9:30 a.m. the State Land Committee will hear an informational presentation regarding proposed classification alternatives for the recently acquired Essex Chain of Lakes Tract (18,888 acres), Indian River Tract (945 acres), OK Slip Falls Tract (3,015 acres) and OSC Tract (160 acres), as well as Forest Preserve lands adjacent to these tracts that are being considered for potential reclassification.

The lands subject to these classification actions are located in the Hamilton County Town of Indian Lake and the Essex County towns of Minerva and Newcomb. The lands considered for reclassification are located within the existing Vanderwhacker Wild Forest, the Blue Mountain Wild Forest and the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area.

The board will consider authorizing public hearings to solicit public comment on the proposed classification alternatives.

At 11:15 a.m. the State Land Committee will re-convene for an informational presentation regarding an amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Unit Management Plan. The amendment involves the redevelopment of the existing Ski Patrol building and the installation of antenna systems for the Essex County public safety radio communication system.

At noon the full agency will plant a tree in the APA’s arboretum in recognition of Arbor Day and to honor its first chairman, Richard Lawrence.

At 1 p.m. Town of Queensbury Supervisor Ron Montesi will provide the board with a Community Spotlight overview of this Warren County municipality. Montesi will highlight notable achievements and challenging issues facing his community.

At 3:30 p.m. the Local Government Committee will be briefed by agency staff on the success of the 16th Annual Local Government Day April 25-26.


The Legal Affairs Committee will come to order Friday at 9 a.m. for presentations on the agency’s jurisdictional referral process and the State Administrative Procedures Act Consensus Rule.

At 11 a.m. the full board will assemble to take action as necessary. The meeting will conclude with committee reports and Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, public and member comment.

Meeting materials are available for download from the agency’s website.

The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Call Keith P. McKeever at (518) 891-4050 with any requests for specific accommodations.

The APA Board of Commissioners is next scheduled to meet June 13-14 at agency headquarters in Ray Brook. Its July 11-12 meeting will take place only if needed.

For more information call the APA at (518) 891-4050 or visit


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