APA to decide on comment period for wild forest this week

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will host its monthly meeting on Thursday and Friday this week, and will consider sending a wild forest plan out for public comment.

The meeting convenes at 1 p.m. on Thursday at APA headquarters in Ray Brook, and the board will first vote on a third permit renewal for a single-family residence in Broadalbin.

At 2:30, the State Land Committee will vote on whether to send out for public comment the state Department of Environmental Conservation unit management plan for the Hammond Pond Wild Forest.

The wild forest is comprised of about 50 parcels totaling more than 45,000 acres in the east-central Adirondacks. Some of the parcels are also in the Keene and Keene Valley area.

Some of the attractions in the wild forest include Belfry Mountain — the easiest fire tower hike in the Adirondacks — and Baxter Mountain, a popular hike between Keene and Keene Valley. The APA board will consider a public comment period for the UMP’s conformance with the State Land Master Plan.

At 3:30, the Lake George Waterkeeper will give a presentation on efforts to reduce road salt.

The meeting continues on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. with a presentation from Birch Boys Chaga in Tupper Lake. The full board will cast final votes on this month’s decisions at 10:30.