RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments for the Sharp Bridge Public Campground and Day Use Area Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP). The public is invited to submit input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of the facility over the next five years and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until December 19, 2022.
The campground is located on NYS Route 9, 15 miles north of Schroon Lake in the town of North Hudson, Essex County. The Campground and Day-Use Area was originally opened in 1920. It borders the western shore of Schroon River and offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Amenities include fireplaces, charcoal grills, hot showers, flush toilets, a picnic area, and pavilion. The 45,619-acre Hammond Pond Wild Forest surrounds the campground.
Management goals for this unit include administering recreation programs to ensure protection of the natural resources in accordance with Environmental Conservation Law and the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, providing recreational opportunities for the enjoyment of visitors, and enhancing economic benefits to local communities.
The Draft UMP proposes the following management activities:
- Replace caretaker cabin;
- Rehabilitate roads;
- Replace trailer dumping station;
- Rehabilitate water system;
- Replace overhead electric lines with underground system;
- Tree and shrub plantings; and
- Campsite restoration.
The draft UMP for the Sharp Bridge Campground and Day-Use Area and a presentation of the draft plan can be viewed and downloaded at Adirondack Park Agency’s website.
Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (518) 457-2500.
In addition, the public can visit the Sharp Bridge Campground and Day-Use Area Survey to share comments on recreational opportunities. Please visit the Sharp Bridge Draft UMP Public Input Survey website to access the survey.
Survey responses will be accepted until December 19, 2022.
Unit management plans are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of State land in the Adirondack Park. UMPs integrate the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.
The Department of Environmental Conservation will accept comments on the proposed management action in the Draft UMP through December 19, 2022.
Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:
Josh Houghton, EPS2 (NR)
NYS DEC Bureau of Recreation
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-5253
Email: [email protected]
The APA will accept public comments on the proposed draft plan’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan through December 19, 2022.
Please address all written comments related to the proposed UMP’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to:
Megan Phillips, Deputy Director, Planning
Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Phone: (518) 891-4050
Email: [email protected]