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Fish Creek Unit Management Plan

The Fish Creek Management Unit is located within the towns of Amboy and Williamstown, NY. The unit lies entirely within Oswego County and includes the following four State Forests totaling 3,464 acres:

The majority of the lands included in these forests were originally purchased by the State of New York during the 1930's as a result of the State Reforestation Law of 1929 and the Hewitt Amendment of 1931.

Public Comment Process

The public is invited to share their ideas about plan development during the scoping period which runs from February 15 - March 15, 2017. The public is invited and encouraged to provide feedback in a number of ways including:

  1. In person: Two identical public input sessions are scheduled for the Williamstown Community Center located at 2910 County Route 17, Williamstown NY 13493 on:
    • Tuesday, February 28 (snow date Tuesday, March 7) from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
    • Thursday, March 2 (snow date Tuesday, March 7) from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
      The public is encourage to stop by either session any time during these hours. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at (315) 298-7467. These sessions provide an opportunity for the public to meet with DEC staff and share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions regarding management of lands in these forests. This is the first of many opportunities for the public to be involved in the planning process.
  2. By mail: Written comments/ideas for the draft UMP development should be mailed by March 15th to:
    NYS DEC
    Attn: Erin Jennings, Forester and Land Manager
    Division of Lands and Forests
    2133 County Route 22
    Altmar, NY 13302
  3. By email: Comments and ideas can be emailed to R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov by March 15.
  4. By Phone: Questions and comments can also be directed by phone to DEC Forester and Land Manager Erin Jennings at (315) 298-7467.

Background

Goals for the Unit

The guiding principle of management within the Fish Creek Unit will be to provide a wide diversity of habitats that naturally occur within New York State, while ensuring the protection of rare, endangered and threatened species. Additional goals include providing forest based recreational opportunities, providing economic benefits to local communities and providing sound stewardship of the State Forests.

Recreational Opportunities

Recreation is a major component of planning for the sustainable use of the State Forests within the unit. The Fish Creek Unit offers to the public 4.8 miles of hiking trails, 1.7 miles of cross country ski trails, and 1.1 miles of snowmobile trails. Many of these trails are maintained and enhanced by volunteer groups through DEC's "Adopt a Natural Resource" (AANR) partnership program. These volunteers are important stewards of the land. Other popular recreational activities on the unit include hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, bird watching and orienteering.

Wildlife

The State Forests of the Fish Creek Unit and the surrounding landscape are home to a wide range of wildlife. Common mammals found on the unit include: white tailed deer, wild turkey, ruffed grouse and woodcock, black bear, and rabbits. The Unit contains parts of the West Branch of Fish Creek and Indian Camp Brook which are important for brook trout and rainbow trout. The Unit and its surrounding landscape also provide significant habitats for many species of breeding birds.

Soil Types

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil type map identifies three major soil types on the Unit. These soil types are: Worth gravely fine sandy loam (52% of the unit), Colton-Hinckley Complex (28% of the unit) and Rifle Muck (20% of the unit).These soils filter and store water while providing and recycling nutrients for all plant life.