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For Immediate Release: March 13, 2017

Keith P. McKeever | keith.mckeever@apa.ny.gov 
Public Information Officer | Adirondack Park Agency | Press Office | (518) 891-4050

APA and DEC Hold Joint Public Comment Period for Minimum Requirements Approach Guidance

RAY BROOK, NY - The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed Minimum Requirements Approach guidance. The guidance pertains to the construction of trail bridges on State Land classified as Wild Forest Areas in the Adirondack Park. The APA and DEC will accept comments on the Minimum Requirements Approach Guidance until April 14, 2017.

On March 11, 2016, the Adirondack Park Agency approved changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) Wild Forest Guidelines that allow the construction of trail bridges using non-natural materials (e.g. steel) following a Minimum Requirements Approach (MRA). The MRA is a structured process to evaluate multiple criteria (e.g. tree cutting, terrain alteration, cost, restoration, construction duration) as part of planning for trail bridges within areas classified as Wild Forest. The goal of the MRA process is to build trail bridges that are safe, less intrusive and require less maintenance.

For more information or to download the proposed Minimum Requirements Approach guidance for the construction of trail bridges in areas classified as Wild Forest in the Adirondack Park please go to the Agency's website (apa.ny.gov).

Please direct comments specific to the management action proposed in the guidance to the Department of Environmental Conservation:

Peter Frank
Forest Preserve Bureau Chief
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254

Please address all written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance to:

Kathy Regan
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Fax: 518-891-3938

Email - SLMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov

Please submit all written comments to the APA by April 14, 2017. The mission of the Adirondack Park Agency is to protect the public and private resources of the Adirondack Park through the exercise of the powers and duties of the Agency as provided by law. For more information, call the APA at (518) 891-4050 or visit www.apa.ny.gov. -30-