APA to discuss fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains

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RAY BROOK, NY — The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, 2010 at APA Headquarters in Ray Brook, NY.

At 11:00, The State Lands Committee will hear a first reading for the Jessup River Wild Forest, Jay Mountain Wilderness and the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area Unit Management Plans. No action will be taken this month on these plans.

The State Lands Committee will reconvene at 1:00 p.m., to discuss approval for the 2009 State Land Classification Package. This action involves 32,013 acres of State Land and was subject to five public hearings held from January 25 – February 5, 2009.

The Committee will then consider authorizing a public comment period and scheduling formal public hearings to consider possible classification alternatives related to fire towers in the Hurricane Primitive Area and the St. Regis Canoe Area. Alternative actions for amending the Master Plan include:

  • Reclassify a small area around the base of the fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane Mountains to a Historic Area classification
  • Revise the State Land Master Plan classification guidelines to allow the retention of fire towers in Primitive areas under certain conditions which will include the creation of a small Primitive area around the fire tower on St. Regis or the revision of guidelines for Canoe Areas to allow the fire tower as a conforming structure. Revisions will include retaining a small Primitive area classification around the fire tower on Hurricane. The balance of the Primitive area surrounding the fire tower on Hurricane Mountain would be re-classified as Wilderness.
  • No Action which would result in removal or relocation from their current locations.