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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

  1. DEC regional staff initiate an internal discussion between region and Central Office (Albany) staff in the development of the Recreation Management Plan (RMP). Staff will determine the following:
    • the recreation opportunities purchased in the conservation easement,
    • recreation impacts and influences on the conservation easement property and on any surrounding state lands,
    • determine the extent of other program involvement and review,
    • review recreation plan content, establish a time-line and discuss the RMP planning process.
  2. DEC regional staff conducts a public scoping session to:
    • present the public recreation rights to stakeholders, elected officials, property owner representatives, the sporting community, lessees and other members of the public,
    • gather input on public recreation interests and concerns, conflicts and other issues.
  3. DEC planner, in consultation with landowner, prepares an initial draft RMP based on the conservation easement language and public input:
    • initial draft RMP is sent to Central Office conservation easement program staff for review.
    • State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) assessment is prepared by the DEC regional staff.
  4. Central Office conservation easement staff, DEC ADA Access Coordinator and DEC SEQR Coordinator provide comments on the initial draft RMP to DEC planner.
    • DEC planner completes proposed draft RMP.
  5. Adirondack Park only - DEC planner, in consultation with Central Office conservation easement program staff, provide 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.
  6. Adirondack Park only - DEC planner reviews APA comments and develops draft RMP.
  7. DEC planner submits draft RMP to Central Office conservation easement staff. Submittal includes response to APA Comments (Adirondack Park Agency only).
  8. Central Office conservation easement Coordinator initiates DEC Executive review and approval to release draft RMP for a 30 day public comment opportunity.
    • DEC planner prepares DEC Executive Brief and routes to Central Office CE Coordinator,
    • DEC regional staff prepares and submits press release for Executive/Governor's office approval.
  9. DEC planner sends notice to Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) and releases draft RMP for public comment.
    • DEC regional staff (in consultation with Central Office conservation easement program staff) determine a need for public meeting and, if necessary, schedules one,
    • DEC regional staff issue press release.
  10. DEC planner reviews public comments, completes a responsiveness summary and prepares final RMP. SEQR documents are also finalized.
  11. Final RMP and SEQR documents are submitted to Central Office CE Coordinator for DEC Executive approval.
  12. Central Office CE Coordinator provides the RMP to the Director of the Division of Lands and Forests for approval.
    • DEC Regional Forester provides final DEC approved RMP to Landowner for approval.
  13. DEC regional staff sends a memo to the Town Supervisor(s) within the planning area notifying them that the Department has adopted the final RMP and finalized SEQR review.

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