The commission’s annual newsletter and annual report, Headwaters, has been released. This year’s publication highlights new commission members, a large land conservation project in the Salmon River Watershed, activity in our Councils of Governments, and much more. You can also find it on our website at www.tughill.org/publications/headwaters/.
The commission recently updated its GIS Resources for Local Governments technical paper, to provide updated information on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for municipal officials. The paper has information about map viewers, considerations about staffing, data and applications, and links to other resources.
The paper is available for download at https://tughill.org/publications/technical-issue-papers/, or hard copies can be request by calling the commission office toll-free at 888-785-2380.
As part of a continual review of the commission’s technical and issue papers, commission staff recently revamped a 2003 issue paper titled “Winter Logging, Winter Recreation and Town Roads.” The new paper, “Town Roads and Tug Hill’s Working Landscape,” acknowledges that roads under town jurisdiction constitute much of the transportation infrastructure on Tug Hill, particularly the more remote and forested areas. Besides providing access for residents and businesses, town roads also provide critical access to logging operations, farming operations, and recreational areas. Towns work hard to manage these roads for the variety of uses they serve, and it can be complicated to juggle the requirements of multiple uses. The paper provides some guidance to frequently asked questions regarding the multiple use of town roads. The paper is available at https://tughill.org/publications/technical-issue-papers/.
The Tug Hill Commission board met Monday, December 11 and set the 2018 meeting schedule, located here.
Commission staff just completed a new issue paper entitled “Justice Courts Consolidation Solutions,” to provide information to Tug Hill towns and villages that may be dealing with issues related to their justice courts. Over the past several years the commission has helped several communities identify ways to work together to share or consolidated services or otherwise collaborate with their neighbors as a way to conserve resources. The various options available can help comunities save money, increase efficiency or deal with difficulties in filling a justice vacancy. The paper can be found at https://tughill.org/publications/white-papers/.
The Commission just released a new Issue Paper titled “Land Ownership and Protected Lands in the Tug Hill Region.” You can find this paper on our website at https://tughill.org/publications/white-papers/. The paper identifies and describes protected lands in the Tug Hill region and will serve as a baseline of the quantity of protected lands in the region for future trends analyses. If you would like a hard copy, please contact the Commission office or your circuit rider.
For those that could not attend the Local Government Conference or who couldn’t make it to all the sessions they were interested in, as many presentations as possible are linked below.
The registration brochure is also available for download here!
Early in 2015, there were discussions regarding revisions to the state’s 480-a Forest Tax Law. Documents developed at that time are available below. However, based on stakeholder input, significant changes have been made and may be available later in 2015 for additional stakeholder input. Stay tuned!