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Shandaken Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Shandaken Wild Forest is a relatively small unit of land which contains several different parcels offering a variety of recreational opportunities for public use. Total area for the unit is 5375.6 acres, located in the Ulster County town of Shandaken and the southern Greene County town of Lexington.

A unit management plan identifies a unit of Forest Preserve lands and provides direction for the management and use of the unit within the constraints of Article XIV, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution, the Environmental Conservation Law, Department policies and the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (Master Plan). Forest Preserve lands in the Catskill Park are classified by the Master Plan according to their characteristics and capacity to withstand use. Comprehensive unit management plans provide specific management objectives and a schedule of actions needed to meet those objectives. Many of these objectives can be accomplished with existing staff and resources.

This unit is located within the New York City watershed. Activities proposed within this unit management plan are also subject to the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement and New York City's regulations for the watershed (15RNYC 18-11 et. seq.).

DEC completed a Unit Management Plan for Shankaken Wild Forest in June 2005. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at: r3.ump@dec.ny.gov

Shandaken Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (1.04 MB, pdf)