DEC preparing management plan for state lands

Meeting at Beekmantown Town Hall Wednesday

— Efforts to develop a management plan for the state lands in Clinton County outside of the Adirondack Park have begun, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

The plan will cover 15 parcels comprising more than 4,800 acres of state lands managed by the DEC. The parcels include the 1,068-acre Macomb State Forest in the town of Schuyler Falls; the 1931-acre Flat Rock State Forest in the town of Altona; the 371-acre Cadyville State Forest in the town of Plattsburgh; the 605-acre Gulf Unique Area in the town of Mooers and 11 parcels of detached forest preserve lots in the towns of Clinton and Mooers that range in size from 12 acres to 236 acres.

A public availability session regarding the Northern Clinton County State Lands will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Beekmantown Town Hall, 571 Spellman Road. DEC staff will be on hand at that time to listen to the public's thoughts, ideas and suggestions regarding management of these state lands.

The Gulf Unique Area has significant visual and recreational resources, including a trail that ends at the U.S.-Canada border. Macomb State Forest is part of the Macomb Reservation. Except for the Gulf Unique Area, most of the recreation that occurs on these lands is hunting.

The management plan will “seek to balance long-term ecosystem health with current and future demands for the management of these lands.” While timber management is permitted and will be part of the management of the state forests lands, the cutting of trees on the forest preserve is prohibited by the New York State Constitution.

Those interested in being included on a mailing list for information about the development of the unit management plan or wishing to submit comments are encouraged to contact Forester Dan Levy by phone at 897-1291; by e-mail at r5ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us or by U.S. mail at NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook N.Y. 12977-0296.

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