The 3,797-acre Erwin Unit is situated in the towns of Erwin and Addison in Steuben County. It includes three areas - Erwin Wildlife Management Area which was acquired in 1928, Erwin Mountain State Forest which was acquired by the state in 1964, and McCarthy Hill State Forest in 1965. The plan details management activities for a 10-year period, from 2008 - 2018. Public participation has been sought via mailings on October 15, 2004 and a public meeting was held on April 26, 2007, at the Erwin Town Hall in Painted Post. Written and oral public comments were accepted on the draft plan until May 26, 2007. Any comments received after May 26, 2007 were not included in the final plan. The plan was finalized on October 8, 2008.
The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, such as mineral resources, vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat and a summary of identified issues, such as access, vegetative management and oil and gas leasing. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives and policy considerations in managing the unit.
The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Erwin Management Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. This plan directs the future management of the property which will include such activities as maintenance and improvement of access to the site, managing natural vegetation, including native grasslands and woodlands, controlling exotic species, preservation of historical and archaeological resources, and recreational facilities. Work in partnership with current and future volunteer groups or organizations such as the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, local towns/villages, schools, youth programs, DOT, OPRHP, and the Ruffed Grouse Society etc. on projects that enhance the administration and/or public use of these state lands.
Erwin Unit Management Plan (PDF) (2.2 Mb)