ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Adirondack Park Agency is requesting public comments on proposed general permits for tree cutting and treating aquatic invasive species.
The APA, responsible for regulation inside the six-million-acre park, says the comment period ends Dec. 28.
The forestry permit would establish simplified APA approval for limited clearcutting under certain thresholds for landowners with certified forest management plans.
The agency says it’s meant to encourage sustainable forestry, including shelterwood cuts, meant to remove taller trees and let more sunlight reach the forest floor.
For non-native aquatic species, the general permit would authorize the state, municipalities and qualified lake associations to control them through rubber mat barriers and hand harvesting.
Species include Eurasian watermilfoil, curlyleaf pondweed, water chestnut, yellow floating heart, European frog-bit, fanwort, Asian clams and others.