The following was posted to the NY Listserve. Please contact Joseph Murray at the NYSDEC!
Does the town really have to undo the preservation effort?
PLEASE NOTE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT YOU MUST CONTACT JOSEPH MURRAY AT REGION 3 HEADQUARTERS (INFO BELOW) NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
Ulster County Applicant:
Town of Shawangunk
PO Box 247
Wallkill, NY 12589 -0247
123 Long Ln
Shawangunk, NY 12589
Permit(s) Applied for:
Article 11 Endangered/Threatened Species (Incidental Take)
Project is Located:
Shawangunk, Ulster County
The Town of Shawangunk proposes to develop Galeville Park located at 123 Long Lane in the Town of Shawangunk, Ulster County, New York and adjacent to Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge. The Town proposes to develop the 55 acre parcel into a community recreational area that includes athletic fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, nature trails, picnic areas, pavilion, restrooms, playg! round area, a future community building and parking.
An Incidental Take Permit is required because the Department has determined that the project may result in a "take" or "taking" of the Short-eared Owl, Henslow's Sparrow, Northern Harrier and Upland Sandpiper, which are listed as endangered or threatened species pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Section 11-0535 and 6 NYCRR Part 182.
The Department has determined that the construction of four athletic fields may result in the loss of 10 acres of NYS listed Endangered and Threatened Species habitat. This loss will be offset through compliance with the following mitigation measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse impacts to the above noted species:
The Town will convert and maintain approximately 10 acres of the Galeville Park property as designated grassland habitat area; Construction activities for the development of the park will be prohibited during nesting and overwintering periods; Li! ghting of the four athletic fields will be prohibited; Dogs will be prohibited; The Town has served as the facilitator for the acquisition of an adjacent 31 acre parcel of land by the USFWS for the creation of an off-site grassland habitat area; The Town will conduct environmental education or interpretive outreach programs and will develop enhanced wildlife observation areas; The Town will construct an interpretative walking trail system at Galeville Park with linkage to the adjoining refuge.
Availability of Application Documents:
Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.
State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:
Project is a Type I action and will not have a significant effect on the environment. A coordinated review with other agencies was performed ! and a Negative Declaration is on file.
SEQR Lead Agency: Shawangunk Town Board
State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:
Cultural resource lists and map have been checked. No registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified at the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.
This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Sep 06, 2012.
Joseph R Murray
NYSDEC Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Rd
New Paltz, NY 12561