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 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
will also accept written comment on SLMP conformance for the proposals
contained in the final draft UMPs has been extended to April 16, 2014.
Read the UMPS Here
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;
a radio repeater and solar panels on the Hurricane Mountain fire tower
to strengthen emergency communications for NYS Forest Rangers and
Environmental Conservation Officers.
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:
Please address all written comments pertaining to State Land Master Plan compliance to:
Senior Natural Resource Planner
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
All written comments must be received by April 16, 2014.