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Region 7 Recreation Master Plan

This Recreation Master Plan has been developed in response to the increased pressure on state forests in Region 7. This Recreation Master Plan has been developed. The Recreation Master Plan assesses present facilities and resources, analyzes present demands for recreational activities and considers expansion of recreational opportunities while incorporating fiscal and resource constraints. Through proper planning, design and implementation, the Department will be able to provide a quality experience for recreational users.
New York's state forests offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for the people of the State. Recreational use consists of the traditional activities of hiking, hunting and horseback riding to the relatively newer ones such as mountain biking and hang gliding. In recent years, many state forests have experienced tremendous growth in recreational uses and demands. With this growth has come the challenge to protect the resource and reduce conflicts between users while continuing to provide a multitude of recreational opportunities.
In the past, many recreation trails were established by volunteers based on their interests and individual desires. Comprehensive recreation planning was not a high management priority in Region 7. Many of these early trails were poorly located, caused Environmental damage, and often conflicted with other activities on the state forests. More recently, management priorities have shifted to correct these problems and to provide more recreational opportunities on state forests. However, recreation must be compatible with the other uses and benefits of state forests. Region 7 consists of Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Tompkins and Tioga Counties. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the agency responsible for the management and protection of state forests. Foresters of the Division of Lands and Forests, Bureau of Public Lands, are charged with the management of these forests.

This plan was prepared by staff in the Cortland, Sherburne and Central offices.

Lands and Forests
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 753-3095

Lands and Forests
Route 80
Sherburne, NY 13460
(607) 674-4036

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