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Ferris Lake Wild Forest - Draft Unit Management Plan

The Ferris Lake Wild Forest consists of 147,454 acres of State Forest Preserve lands located on the southwestern edge of the Adirondacks in the Towns of Salisbury and Ohio in Herkimer County; the Towns of Morehouse and Arietta in Hamilton County; and the Towns of Stratford, Caroga, Oppenheim, and Ephratah in Fulton County.

The Ferris Lake Wild Forest is roughly bounded on the north and west by Route 8, on the east by Route 10, and on the south by the Adirondack Park "Blue-Line." Surrounding nearby state lands include the Black River Wild Forest and West Canada Lake Wilderness to the north, and Shaker Mountain Wild Forest and Silver Lake Wilderness to the east. The unit's most distinguishing characteristic is its old growth spruce stands which still exist and can be found along the Powley-Piseco Road, the north side of Alderbed Stream, around Blind Man's Vly, and on the slopes of Big and Little Alderbed Mountains. The attractiveness of this area lies in its numerous ponds, lakes, and streams which attract sportsman and other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

The Ferris Lake Wild Forest is readily accessible by car, lying approximately 20 miles north of the Mohawk Valley. The Powley-Piseco Road, one of the last old Adirondack dirt roads, extends about 17 miles from Route 10 near Piseco Lake to Stratford, and cuts through the approximate center of this large, diverse, and interesting piece of Forest Preserve land. It provides the public with motor vehicle access through practically unbroken forest, quite comparable to some wilderness areas.

DEC released the Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Ferris Lake Wild Forest for public review and comment in October 2006. A public meeting was held on November 6, 2006 at the Caroga Town Hall in Caroga Lake, NY. The DEC accepted written comments on the Draft UMP until December 1, 2006. If you have questions and/or comments about this UMP, please email us at: r5.ump@dec.ny.gov

Ferris Lake Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan (8.1 Mb pdf - This file is very large and may take a long time to download or even cause some computers to crash. As an alternative, plan sections are available for download below).

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