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Brookfield Unit Management Plan

The Brookfield Unit Management Plan (UMP) is based on a long range vision for the management of the following State Forests: Charles E. Baker State Forest, Brookfield Railroad State Forest and Beaver Creek State Forest, balancing long-term ecosystem health with current and future demands. This Plan addresses management activities on this unit for the next ten years, though some management recommendations will extend beyond the ten-year period. Factors such as budget constraints, wood product markets, and forest health problems may necessitate deviations from the scheduled management activities. The original unit management plan for the Brookfield area was developed in the 1990s. This new plan is an update to that, as all unit management plans are to be updated every 10-15 years.

The three state forests covered by the Brookfield Unit offer many recreational opportunities including: horseback riding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, bird watching, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and limited all-terrain vehicle (ATV) access for people with mobility impairments.

New developments or major changes to existing recreational facilities and opportunities in the plan include the following:

  • Continue to maintain the Moscow Hill Assembly Area and all designated camping areas or sites on the Unit in a "rustic manner" for safe and enjoyable public use as provided for over the last 40 plus years.
  • Continue to maintain the "130 mile" Brookfield Trail System for public recreation use. The trail system is the focus for much of the recreation use on the Unit and is used by hundreds of horse riders, snowmobilers and mountain bikers each year.
  • Formally designate eight additional single camp sites outside of the main campgrounds on the Unit. Six of these sites are located on Charles E. Baker State Forest.
  • Implement Special Area regulations for the Moscow Hill Camping and Assembly Areas, once formally approval by the Department under section 190 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.
  • Provide one ADA-compliant campsite at the Moscow Hill Camping Area, Moscow Hill Assembly Area and one at Cherry Ridge Camping Area on Charles E. Baker State Forest. ADA sites will be signed and include a hardened level parking area and camp site, a fire ring and a universally accessible picnic table.
  • Reconstruct the horse mounting ramp and platform to be universally accessible and meet ADA standards.
  • Develop a new trail map-recreation brochure for the Brookfield Trail System.
  • Develop and install five new kiosks describing the recreational opportunities of the Unit including day use areas, designated camping facilities, trails, trail closures, access points and rules and regulations for state lands.

Brookfield Unit Management Plan

Brookfield Unit Management Plan text (PDF, 2.8 MB, 206 pages)

Brookfield Unit Management Plan maps - Part 1 (PDF, 8 MB, 16 pages)

Brookfield Unit Management Plan maps - Part 2 (PDF, 2.7 MB, 16 pages)



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