ADAMS -- The Greylock Glen is a step closer to a complete makeover .
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) filed an official notice of intent and will introduce plans to build more than 26 miles of trails throughout Greylock Glen, including the relocation of a portion of the Thunderbolt Ski Trail and creation of a "snow-making" infrastructure.
A public hearing on the proposal has been scheduled for Dec. 5.
This new incarnation of a decades-old development was a joint project between the DCR and the Town of Adams.
The Conservation Commission will oversee the project and its impact on the surrounding environment. It discussed the plans at a Thursday meeting.
Possibly the most notable change to the Glen would be to the Thunderbolt Ski Trail, which would change direction near its base.
Community Development Director Donna Cesan told the commission Thursday that the town worked closely with the Thunderbolt Ski Runners -- a nonprofit ski and snowboarding club -- in designing the new trail.
She said the team is completely on-board with the trail's proposed redesign.
Other proposed paths would be wide enough to accommodate cross-country skiing. Piping next to the trails would create artificial snow on the trails.
Current trails to Gould Farm property would be severed, according to commission Chair Jason Krzanowski.
Krzanowski also noted that parts of some proposed trails cross private property, which would require consent of the land-owner.
The commission voted Thursday to hire a third-party to assess the plan's impact on the environment. Normally the cost would be borne by the applicant, but the town will front review costs out of its Greylock Glen fund.
The board accepted a proposal from professional wetlands scientist William Lattrell for the site review at a cost of $3,760.
"There is a lot of ground to cover up there, so that is very reasonable," said commission member Corey Bishop.
Commission Member James Fassell added that Lattrell is "very respected" and has done similar work for the commission before.
Lattrell will be on hand at the Dec. 5 public hearing to announce his findings. Officials from the DCR will also be on hand to answer questions from commission members and the public.
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