Recreation Management Plans (RMPs)
Recreation Management Plans (RMPs) establish a planned, written management scenario, to implement the State's rights and protect the property rights of the private fee owner, as specified in the Conservation Easement. It is intended that such management document remain consistent and in effect over time, despite changes in agency personnel or private land ownership. The RMP integrates consideration of pertinent legislation, legal codes, rules and regulations, policies, easement-specific requirements and conditions, and property-specific information into a single document. Provided in the RMP will be a description of the property and past and present uses; relevant public recreation opportunities and limitations; how public access and recreation will be implemented and managed; who will have responsibility for various management tasks; identification of public recreation facilities that may already exist on the property; new public recreation facilities and improvements proposed to be constructed and maintained; and how public access is anticipated to interact with other uses of the property such as active forest management and private leasing programs. The RMP preparation process and resulting document provides a means for discussing and clarifying pertinent issues, clearly stating management goals and mechanisms, review of the proposed public recreation activities and actions, and implementing public recreation on the easement property. Periodically RMPs may be revised, updated, or amended.
RMP Development and Review Process
- Internal discussions take place between DEC Regional and Central Office (Albany) staff in developing a RMP; the recreation opportunities and issues; recreation impacts and influences on the CE property and on any surrounding state lands.
- A public scoping session is held where the public recreation rights are presented to stakeholders, elected officials, lessees and members of the public. Public input is solicited at this time.
- DEC planner, in consultation with landowner, prepares an initial draft RMP based on conservation easement language and public input. A SEQR assessment is completed.
- Central Office CE Coordinator and DEC ADA Access Coordinator provide comment on the initial draft RMP. DEC planner completes proposed draft RMP.
- Adirondack Park only - DEC planner provides the proposed draft RMP to Adirondack Park Agency (APA) staff for their review of the plan's consistency with the Adirondack Park Agency Act (Section 814), New York State Freshwater Wetlands Act, and the New York State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act.
- Adirondack Park only - DEC planner reviews APA comments and develops draft RMP. The Draft RMP is submitted to Central Office CE Coordinator.
- Central Office CE Coordinator initiates DEC Executive review and approval to release draft RMP for a 30 day public comment opportunity.
- DEC Regional staff develop press release and release draft RMP for public comment. A public meeting is held, if necessary.
- DEC planner reviews public comments, completes responsiveness summary and prepares RMP. SEQR documents are finalized.
- Director of the Division of Lands and Forests approves the RMP.