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Belleayre Unit Management Plan

The Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is in the process of producing a new unit management plan (UMP). UMPs are plans that identify opportunities for recreational use and consider the ability of the resources and ecosystems to accommodate public use. In the Catskill Park, UMPs are developed in compliance with Catskill Park State Land Master Plan guidelines.

UMPs must also meet the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). Upon the filing of an Environmental Assessment Form (EAF), a determination is made on whether or not the actions proposed in a UMP will result in any significant environmental impact.

Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza presented information on proposed components of the plan at a public meeting on Saturday, March 1st. Mr. Lanza stated the UMP could include a proposal to run trails down the mountain to Pine Hill and install a lift at the end of Bonnieview Avenue to carry skiers back up.

As pointed out by the Adirondack Mountain Club, "public participation is a vital part of DEC's management and planning. Informal public meetings and formal hearings are held to hear public comments throughout the decision-making process to ensure that the citizens of the state have the opportunity to play a part in planning for management of...public lands."

Information about the process