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Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest (VMWF) is located in the central Adirondack Park and is made up of almost 2 dozen non-contiguous parcels, covering almost 92,000 acres. VMWF borders or contains 44 ponds and small lakes, as well as portions of the Hudson River and much of the Boreas River. The unit's namesake measures 3,386 ft., making it the fourth highest peak in the unit and the highest with a developed foot trail. Other popular trails within the unit lead to Stony Pond, Lester Flow, and the Boreas River. Typical public uses in the unit include hiking, snowmobiling, nordic skiing, hunting, camping, canoeing, and fishing.

The Department completed a Unit Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest in April 2005. If you have questions or comments on the UMP, please email us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan/FEIS - PDF (4.5 MB)

2015 Amendment/Final SEIS - Community Connector Trail Plan

The primary purpose of this Community Connector Trail Plan (Plan) and Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) is to analyze alternatives and select a preferred location for proposed community connector multiple use trails between the towns of Newcomb, Minerva and North Hudson. This Plan is being put forth as an amendment to existing Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest ("VMWF"), the Camp Santanoni Historic Area, and the Lake Harris Public Campground.

This Plan also proposes the construction of a bridge near Palmer Pond that will serve two purposes: 1) to provide administrative motor vehicle access to the south side of the dam that impounds Palmer Pond, and 2) to provide a crossing for the Newcomb‐to‐North Hudson community connector trail that is also proposed in this Plan. Finally, this plan proposes to reconfigure the designated camping in several locations within VMWF, including the addition of a lean‐to near Great Camp Santanoni to protect the historic structures from accidental damage caused by inappropriate use of the complex.

Downloadable Documents

Community Connector Trail Plan/Final SEIS - PDF (7.5 MB) - This is a large document and may be slow to download. As an alternative you may download specific sections using the links below.

Plan Sections for Easier Downloading

Statement of Findings - SEQR - PDF (113 KB)