APA, DEC seek comments on tent site plan

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a joint public comment period regarding proposed management guidance for design and layout of primitive tent sites on state lands in the Adirondack Park.

The agencies will accept comments until Jan. 22, 2018.

The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan defines a primitive tent site as “a designated tent site of an undeveloped character providing space for not more than three tents, which may have an associated pit privy and fire ring, designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people on a temporary or transient basis, and located so as to accommodate the need for shelter in a manner least intrusive on the surrounding environment.”

The proposed guidance only pertains to primitive tent sites outside of DEC campgrounds and provides state Forest Preserve managers with standards for constructing, operating and maintaining primitive tent sites. In addition, the proposed guidance will provide the public with sustainable and accessible accommodations.

Best management practices that address large groups, camping permits, size limits, improvements and regulation changes for primitive tent sites are included and detailed in the management document.

“Management Guidance on Primitive Tent Sites” is available to view or download from the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/111867.html.

Written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance can be sent to McCrea Burnham, Division of Lands and Forests, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-4254; fax 518-402-9028, email adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.