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Jessup River Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

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2006 Unit Management Plan
2007 Rescission of Snowmobile Sections
2010 UMP Amendment

2006 Unit Management Plan (UMP)

The Jessup River Wild Forest (JRWF) area consists of 47,350 acres of State Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Arietta, Indian Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Wells in Hamilton County. The unit is bounded by Route 28 to the north and Route 30 in the southeast, as well as three wilderness areas: West Canada Lakes Wilderness to the west; Siamese Ponds Wilderness to the east, and Silver Lake Wilderness to the south. The state lands in this unit border, or are in close proximity to, the communities of Indian Lake, Piseco, Speculator and Wells. Route 30 bisects the unit and serves as the main access corridor. Many people enjoy hiking to the fire towers on Pillsbury and Snowy mountains, snowmobiling between Piseco Lake and Indian Lake, canoeing on Fall Stream, or camping on Mason Lake. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are also popular activities throughout the unit but particularly in and around Perkins Clearing, the Jessup River and the Miami River.

Jessup River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (PDF) (10.5 MB) This is a large document and may be slow to download. As an alternative you may download specific sections using the links below.

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Section VI - Special Area Management Plans:
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Appendix 25- Supplemental Snowmobile Alternative Analysis Maps:
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2007 Rescission of Snowmobile Sections

On July 26, 2007 DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis rescinded those portions of the 2006 Jessup River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (Jessup River UMP/FEIS) and those portions of the accompanying SEQRA Findings related to the use of snowmobiles, including but not limited to the construction, modification or relocation of snowmobile trails, bridges and other facilities, and the use of motorized tracked grooming machines (other than snowmobiles) on snowmobile trails.

The rescission was executed in accordance with the Honorable John C. Egan's Stipulation and Order in the matter of Adirondack Mountain Club, et al. v. APA, DEC and OPRHP dated June 27, 2007, wherein the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation was directed to rescind those portions of the Jessup River UMP/FEIS and accompanying SEQRA Findings as noted above within 30 days of the effective date of the Stipulation. All the parties in this matter agreed that the Jessup River UMP/FEIS is being rescinded pending APA conformance determinations with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, after which the Jessup River UMP/FEIS will be amended and reissued to reflect the determinations(s) in accordance with applicable law, including SEQRA.

The remainder of the 2006 Jessup River UMP/FEIS was not affected by this revised approval.

2007 Commissioner's Rescission Memorandum (PDF) (200 KB) || Web (html) version of the Commissioner's memorandum

2010 UMP Amendment - Snowmobile Trail Configuration

Summary

The Honorable John C. Egan's stipulation and Commissioner's 2007 rescission of portions of the JRWF UMP prevented the implementation of any snowmobile trail proposal on these lands. The parties agreed pending Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) conformance determinations by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), the Jessup River UMP/FEIS would be amended and reissued to reflect the determinations(s) in accordance with applicable law, including SEQRA.

Interpretation of the "no material increase" provision (Basic Guideline #4 for Wild Forest areas) by the APA occurred during its Board meeting of March, 2008. In NoveMBer, 2009 the APA found the Department's "Management Guidance - Snowmobile Trail Siting, Construction and Maintenance on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park" (PDF) (237 KB), or Management Guidance, to be consistent with the APSLMP. This document provides specific direction that affects the configuration and siting of Forest Preserve snowmobile trails, shapes the physical character of snowmobile trails and guides DEC administrative use of maintenance equipment and vehicles on these trails into the future. Within the APA resolution, DEC and the Agency have committed to the completion of all remaining Wild Forest unit management plans and the amendment of any previously approved plans as necessary for snowmobile trail planning.

In order to address the rescinded snowmobile language and new management guidance, the Department developed an amendment to the UMP. The amendment is limited in scope, addressing snowmobile related facilities and proposals only and is not intended to re-open or update any other part of the plan. The Management Guidance will supercede previous management strategies resulting in some changes to proposals in the previously approved UMP.

Key Changes Proposed in the amendment

  • Replacement of original, outdated snowmobile trail and snowmobile plan language.
  • Assignment of new trail classes to individual snowmobile trails not proposed for closure.
  • Revision of snowmobile trail proposals to ensure those trails proposed to remain open or proposed for construction are not located in remote interior areas as per the Management Guidance.
  • Revision of snowmobile trail proposals to ensure trails that fail to comply with trail siting criteria outlined in the Management Guidance are closed to snowmobiling.
  • Revision of language in the "no material increase" part of the plan.
  • Clarification that the mostly roadside snowmobile trail between Speculator and Lewey Lake adjacent to NYS Route 30 will be a Class II community connector trail, with a future UMP amendment to address relocations to avoid ice crossings of Lewey and/or Indian lakes.
  • Addition to Section IV-D of information on the UMP Amendment process.

2010 Amendment to the 2006 Jessup River Wild Forest UMP (PDF) (1.65 MB)


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