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Tioga Unit Management Plan

The Tioga Unit Management Plan (UMP) includes four State Forests in Tioga County encompassing 3,692 acres of land. The state forests in the unit include: Oakley Corners State Forest, Ketchumville State Forest, Fairfield State Forest and Jenksville State Forest. These forests are located in the towns of Berkshire, Candor, Newark Valley and Owego in Tioga County.

Unit Management Plans guide ecosystem management activities on state forests for twenty years, with a review and update after ten years. The Plan's vision is to maintain and enhance ecosystem health, biodiversity, and sustainability while providing environmental, social, and economic benefits to the people of New York State. Besides serving as a management tool, the UMP is also an educational resource, informing citizens about the many uses that state forests serve.

The forests in the Tioga UMP range in size from 503 acres (Ketchumville) to 1,349 acres (Jenksville). The state purchased most of land for these four forests in the 1930's and 1940's, with one additional parcel added to the Fairfield State Forest in 1962.

The main issues addressed in the UMP are the sustainable management of timber, wildlife, recreation and mineral resources. The Tioga unit's forests offer numerous recreational opportunities including: hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling and cross-county skiing. Maintenance of the Unit's physical infrastructure is also addressed in the plan. Scheduled activities include maintenance of recreational trails, parking lots, State Forest roads, boundary lines, signs, witness posts, pond impoundment(s), and regularly scheduled clean-up.

One highlight of the plan is the continuing maintenance of 28 miles of multiple use trails in partnership with the Triple Cities Ski Club, Candor Valley Riders Snowmobile Club, and the Tioga Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. These organizations are volunteer DEC Adopt-A-Natural Resource (AANR) Partners. Volunteer stewardship is a critical asset. The DEC's AANR program leverages the Department's capabilities, while building and sustaining important relationships between recreational stakeholders and the Department.

Tioga Unit Management Plan (PDF) (4.5 MB)