Public weighs in on DEC proposal for Carpenter Falls in Niles

The state Department of Environmental Conservation hosted two public meetings in Niles Wednesday to serve as the start of a public comment period on proposed improvements to Carpenter Falls.

The proposed Carpenter Falls Public Access Improvement Project would include the construction of a new 20-space parking lot, elevated boardwalk and an observation platform, all with a focus on universal access.

In addition to improving public access, the project is also meant to protect water quality by stabilizing drainage and erosion, reduce impact on plants and animals, and focus human use onto a sustainable footprint, according to DEC Supervising Forester John Clancy.

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