APA Public Hearing Held

RAY BROOK, NY – The Proposed Final Drafts of the Hurricane Mountain and St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area Unit Management Plans(UMPs)were presented by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) staff to the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board at their monthly meeting on February 14, 2014. Pursuant to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) requirements for Historic Areas, the Agency held a public hearing on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 to solicit public comments related to the proposed UMPs’ conformity with the provisions of the SLMP.

The hearing began at 6:00PM at APA Headquarters located in the NYS Office Building Complex in Ray Brook, NY. The public was invited to attend and present comments. APA accepted written comments on SLMP conformance for the proposals contained in the final draft UMPs until April 16, 2014.

Read the UMPS Here

The Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area is located on the Summit of Hurricane Mountain in the Town of Keene, Essex County. The St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area is located on the summit of St. Regis Mountain in the Town of Santa Clara, Franklin County.

Some of the proposed management actions in the draft UMPs include:

  • Maintain the fire towers in a manner that complies with the State Historic Preservation Act;
  • Make necessary structural improvements to the fire towers to allow for safe public access;
  • Maximize the fire towers’ interpretive and educational potential;
  • Install a radio repeater and solar panels on the Hurricane Mountain fire tower to strengthen emergency communications for NYS Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers.

UMPs are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of State land in the Adirondack Park. The plans integrate the goals and objectives of the State Land Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.

The UMP is available for viewing or downloading from the Adirondack Park Agency website at:


For more information please contact:

Kathy Regan
Senior Natural Resource Planner
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977

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