Adirondack Council

Opportunities for Public Comment in the Adirondacks

The public's input is collected from New York State agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or Adirondack Park Agency (APA) when a new rule, policy, permit, a management plan is drafted, or when there is a proposed amendment to an existing policy with a substantial change. 

Why Public Engagement Matters

As a New York State resident, or person that visits, owns property in, or loves the Adirondacks, or simply values the conservation landscape of the Adirondack Park- it's important that your voice is heard during the public comment process on issues that you care about. As an advocacy organization, the Council participates in the public notice and comment process because these agency actions, large and small, shape the Adirondack landscape and how current and future generations interact with it.


Comment period- start and end date comments may be collected by an agency on a certain topic. Typically between 15-30 days.

Public meeting- an event held by state agencies to share information about a proposed action

Public hearing- an event held by state agencies to share information about a proposed action and to solicit verbal comments within that timeframe. Verbal comments shared at these meetings are meant to carry the same weight as written comments. 

Written comment- an email or letter sent to a state agency within a timeframe on a specific topic that the agency is gathering comments on. 

Unit Management Plan(UMP)- a guiding document drafted by the NYSDEC that looks at physical and natural resources present within a land area. A UMP also identifies possible opportunities for public use that would be consistent with the land classification and would consider the natural resources ability to withstand such use.

Map Amendment- A change of private land classification that can be initiated by a town and or private landowner with consideration to the natural resource, open space, public, economic and other land use factors. 

For more information and public comment opportunities, visit the NYSDEC Environmental Notice Bulletin, the Adirondack Park Agency, the New York State register for rulemaking.

Some Current DEC and APA Public Comment Opportunities

Crown Point Reservation Draft Unit Management Plan  

Agency: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Project description:The Crown Point Reservation is a 440-acre expanse located on the shores of Lake Champlain in the town of Crown Point, and includes the Crown Point State Historic Site, Campground, and Day-Use Area. Occupied by both the French and the British during the 1700's before being overtaken by the colonists during the American Revolution, the site is home to many historic structures, including two National Historic Landmarks. Due to the close proximity of the historic site and campground/day-use area, as well as the interrelated management activities that occur within these components of the Crown Point Reservation, a unit management plan (UMP) is being developed that includes both the historic site and the campground/day-use area. Additionally, due to the unique management scenario that exists, OPRHP will be providing significant input into the plan....Read More

Comment deadline: written comments due May 31, 2019 

Send comments to:

Rebecca Terry 
232 Golf Course Road 
Warrensburg, NY 12885 


Helpful resources: Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan; APA/DEC Memorandum of Understanding 



Placid Gold LLC and Katrina Lussi Kroes 

Agency: Adirondack Park Agency (APA)

Project Description: The action involves conversion of an existing 200 seat restaurant into an apartment building containing three living units, and expansion of the structure by 54 square feet to the non-shoreline side.

Comment deadline:  Thursday, June 27, 2019

Make your comment here


Helpful resources: Citizen's Guide to the APA; Adirondack Park Land Classification Map



Revisions to Fulton Chain Wild Forest UMP

Agency: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Project Description: The NYSDEC is seeking input to update to the 1990 Unit Management Plan for the Fulton Chain Wild Forest. The Fulton Chain Wild Forest is comprised of about 16,028 acres in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. "This unit also borders other larger parcels of forest preserve, including the Pigeon Lake Wilderness and the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. The area is characterized by a mixture of lakes, ponds, wetlands, rolling hills, and mountains."

Comment deadline: July 29, 2019

Public meeting: June 12, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the town of Webb's Park Avenue Building, 183 Park Avenue, Old Forge, NY 1342

Send comments to:

Michael Marsh

DEC Senior Forester

NYSDEC Herkimer

225 North Main St.
Herkimer, NY 13350

Or by phone: (315) 866-6330


Helpful resources: Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan; Fulton Chain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (1990); and 1993 amendment 




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