Great Divide UnitThe Great Divide Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for the multiple use of about 2,956 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Schuyler and Chemung Counties. The Great Divide Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2006. It is comprised of Catlin State Forest, Maple Hill State Forest, Texas Hollow State Forest, Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area and Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site.
Catlin State Forest was first acquired by the state starting in 1934, and Maple Hill State Forest in 1965. The first 482 acres of Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area were acquired in 1978 under a federal grant, additional parcels were purchased into the early 1980's. The state took ownership of Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site in the mid 1980's. Texas Hollow was purchased in several sections, starting in the early 1930's, then the 1940's and most recently in 1998 when a parcel of 88 acres was added to the north end.
The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, such as mineral resources, vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat and a summary of identified issues, such as access, vegetative management and oil and gas leasing. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives and policy considerations in managing the unit.
The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Great Divide 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. This plan directs the future management of the property including such activities as maintenance and improvement of access to the site, managing natural vegetation, including native grasslands and woodlands, controlling exotic species and preservation of historical and archaeological resources.