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Shaker Mountain Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Shaker Mountain Wild Forest (SMWF) is located in the southern Adirondack Park and is consists of 40,500 acres of State Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Mayfield, Bleecker, Caroga, Northampton, and Benson in Fulton and Hamilton counties. The SMWF is easily accessible from Albany, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Gloversville and Johnstown. The Northville-Lake Placid Trail has its southern terminus in the unit at the western side of the Northville Bridge. Some of the more popular recreational activities include hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, hiking to the fire tower on Kane Mountain, and snowmobiling through the area.

The Department of Environmental Conservation completed a Unit Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest (SMWF) in January 2006. If you have questions or comments about the UMP, please contact us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov

Shaker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (PDF) (8.32 MB) This is a large file and may be slow to download. As an alternative you may download specific sections using the links below.

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Northville Boat Launch Amendment - Accessible Fishing Pier

This amendment proposes the construction of a universally accessible fishing pier at the DEC Northville Boat Launch, which is located along State Highway 30 and encompasses approximately 3.2 acres.

The approved Shaker Mountain Wild Forest UMP states that this existing boat launch will be renovated, including docks, cribbing, and parking. The UMP does not specifically state that an accessible pier will be constructed, but it does say: "To the extent practical the Northville boat launch design and reconstruction will incorporate access features for people with disabilities." And: "This [preferred] alternative will... provide access opportunities for mobility impaired individuals."

The Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC) would like to purchase, and fund construction of, a DEC designed fishing pier at the boat launch. Annual installation and removal of the docks would become a DEC responsibility.

Northville Boat Launch 2010 UMP Amendment (PDF) (2.93 MB)