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Saranac Lakes Wild Forest - Draft Unit Management Plan

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of approximately 75,000 acres of state land and 19,000 acres of waterbodies in Franklin and Essex Counties. It is situated near the communities of Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Lake Placid. The unit offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. Popular hiking attractions include Scarface and Panther Mountains, Fernow Nature Trail, and the Lake Placid Peninsula Nature Trails. Many people enjoy boating and camping on Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes.

Public Comment Opportunities

The Department has completed a Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. Written comments related to the Draft UMP will be accepted until August 11, 2017. Additionally, the Department will be holding four public events related to the Draft UMP:

Public Meetings

DEC staff will be available to answer questions during the first 30 minutes of the public meetings, after which DEC will provide a presentation and then the public will have an opportunity to provide verbal comment.

  • July 12, 2017, at 6:00 PM, at the Saranac Lake High School auditorium, 79 Canaras Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY
  • July 13, 2017, at 6:30 PM, at the Wild Center, Flammer Theater, 45 Museum Drive (off Hosley Avenue), Tupper Lake, NY

Staff Availability Sessions

During the availability sessions the public may review maps, fact sheets, and other documents, ask questions of DEC staff, and provide comment.

  • July 12, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium, 39 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY
  • July 13, 2017, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, at the Geoff-Nelson Memorial Library, 41 Lake Street, Tupper Lake, NY

Contact Information

Comments and questions can be directed to the following contact:

Steve Guglielmi, Forester
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12997-0296

Downloadable Documents

Fact Sheets