Firm gets approval for Adirondacks project

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Camden-based Christmas & Associates has won unanimous approval from the Adirondack Park Agency commissioners for its project of 15 lots on private Maple Lake in Russia and Ohio just within the Adirondack Park boundary in Herkimer County, the firm announced.

Only 3 percent of the property will be built on, according to firm vice president Marc Christmas. Wooded tracts are to range from 10 to 75 acres, with seven lakefront. “The future of Maple Lake will be a limited number of carefully screened cabins along one of the park’s natural trout lakes, while providing the protection mechanisms necessary to maintain its natural beauty,” Christmas said.

The project site includes the entirety of Maple Lake, a private lake witha surface area of 19 acres. The lake is an impoundment of Muskrat Brook, a stream classified by the Department of Environmental Conservation as supporting fisheries and possibly a trout population, according to the draft permit.

The waterbody itself is shallow and only a small portion is more than 2 meters deep. Christmas and Associates Inc. proposed that watercraft use on Maple Lake be restricted to canoes and “canoe-like” vessels such as guide boats and rowboats, with motors limited to 10 horsepower. 

Christmas & Associates is a family-owned, New York land and forestry company that has been in business for more than 30 years. The company offers rural properties, waterfront, large hunting tracts and cabins throughout the state.

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