The Six Nations Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for the multiple use of approximately 21,724 acres of state forest land in Schuyler and Steuben Counties. The Six Nations Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals at the Region 8 DEC office. It is comprised of ten state forests: Goundry Hill, Sugar Hill and Coon Hollow in Schuyler County; South Bradford, West Hill, Meads Creek, Beaver Dams, Dry Run, and Erwin Hollow in Steuben County; and Cinnamon Lake State Forest in both counties.
The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, such as vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat, and a summary of identified issues. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives along with policy considerations for managing the unit.
The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Six Nations Management Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. Objectives of the plan include maintaining and enhancing a diversity of vegetative types and stages, together with the wildlife and cultural resources of the area. Additionally, there are provisions for recreational facilities such as the Sugar Hill Recreation Area, Finger Lakes/North Country Trail, and the Six Nations Trail. Cultural resources such as the Sugar Hill Fire Tower, the Pine Creek CCC Campsite, and CCC water holes, are singled out for further protection in the plan.
New Draft Plan
The Draft Six Nations Unit Management Plan has been completed. We invite you to provide us with any comments or concerns regarding the management of the Six Nations Unit. Your comments may be general or specific. It includes historical information, natural resources inventories, and proposed management strategies. Topics to be covered include timber and wildlife management, public access, recreation, prescribed burns, and much more. Your input is appreciated as part of this process.
Comments, concerns or suggestions may be mailed to the Bath Sub-office, emailed to email@example.com or be made in person at an open house on August 7, 2012. You are invited to attend public informational sessions on Aug. 7, 2012, at the Tyrone Fire Hall. Two different meeting-style sessions will be held. An informational open house will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Display stations will be set up and committee members will be available for discussion and to accept your comments. A half-hour presentation on the draft plan will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a question period. Staff will be available until 8:00 pm to accept comments. The Fire Hall is accessible; for additional accommodations please contact the DEC Bath office.
Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, Commissioner directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. Questions and/or comments made at the public meeting will be noted in the final UMP.
The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed plan until COB September 7, 2012.
The Draft Six Nations Unit Management Plan can be viewed at as a pdf at the bottom of this page, or a limited number of hardcopies and CD's are available at the Bath or Avon NYS DEC offices, which are located at 7291 Coon Rd, Bath, NY or 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd, Avon, NY. In addition the Corning (300 Nasser Civic Center) and Watkins Glen (610 S Decatur St) Public Libraries each have a copy available. Please take a few moments to reflect on your own interests in the state's land by attending the public meeting, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sending us some comments in the mail.
Full Draft Plan
Six Nations UMP (2012 Draft) (PDF, 12.9 MB)
Draft Plan in Parts
Six Nations UMP (2012 Draft - part 1) (PDF, 3.6 MB)
Six Nations UMP (2012 Draft - part 2) (PDF, 2.5 MB)
Six Nations UMP (2012 Draft - part 3) (PDF, 4.7 MB)
Six Nations UMP (2012 Draft - part 4) (PDF, 2.1 MB)