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Raquette Boreal - Unit Management Plan

The Raquette Boreal Unit encompasses Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement (CE) lands in the Towns of Hopkinton, Colton, and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County. These lands are classified into two Forest Preserve land units; the Raquette River Wild Forest, and the Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area. Conservation Easement lands in the unit include the Kildare CE (formerly called the Lassiter CE), the Raquette River North CE, the Raquette River South CE, and the Carry Falls East CE.

2017 IRMP and RMP Amendment

In the fall of 2017, the Department proposed to amend the Five Mile CE Interim Recreation Management Plan (IRMP) and the Kildare CE Recreation Management Plan (RMP) portion of the 2006 Raquette Boreal Unit Management Plan (UMP) to construct the "Kildare Connector Road" which would provide public access between the Five Mile tract and the Kildare tract. The public would use existing roads through the Five Mile CE to access the Kildare CE for recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, nature observation, and fishing. The new Kildare Connector Road would provide access to many miles of existing motor vehicle roads on the Kildare tract from May 1 to September 30.

The Department released the Draft RMP Amendment for public comment between September 12 to November 10, 2017. Based on voluminous public comments, Department staff are currently revising the amendment and will hold a public meeting and another comment period in the Summer 2018. In the meantime, if you have questions about the recreation IRMP/RMP amendment process, please e-mail us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov

2006 UMP

The 2006 Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Raquette Boreal Unit can be downloaded from the link below. If you have questions about the UMP please e-mail us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Raquette Boreal Unit Management Plan - PDF (5 MB)