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East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan

Includes East Osceola State Forest and Nearby Detached Forest Preserve Parcels

The lands covered by the East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan (RMP), located within the Tug Hill region, contain headwaters for several watercourses of regional and statewide importance. The namesake of this RMP, the East Branch of Fish Creek (EBFC), originates from this area of the Tug Hill, as does the Mad River and the Salmon River. Portions of the planning area drain to the Black River. Across the conservation easement lands, there are six different sets of public recreation rights, varying by location on the tracts. All of the lands are located in Lewis County in portions of five towns; Lewis, Martinsburg, Montague, Osceola, and West Turin.

The lands covered by this Recreation Management Plan are owned and managed by three different entities:

  • The State of New York (1,406 acres, East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest; 1,975 acres East Osceola State Forest; 1,186 acres of Detached Forest Preserve parcels; and owner and manager of the public recreation rights on the two EFBC conservation easement tracts);

  • The East Branch of Fish Creek North tract - owned by The Nature Conservancy (14,110 acres); and

  • The East Branch of Fish Creek South tract - owned by Molpus Woodlands Group (30,036 acres).

The Department adopted East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan (RMP) in 2013. If you have any questions on the RMP please email us at r6ump@dec.ny.gov

Download the RMP

East Branch of Fish Creek Recreation Management Plan - PDF (5.6 MB)

Individual Maps

2016 Draft Amendment - Recreational Trail Development

This draft amendment proposes the designation and construction of a 20 mile non-motorized recreation trail in accordance with the terms of the conservation easement.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Department will be accepting public comment on the Draft RMP until June 3, 2016. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

Michael Giocondo, Senior Forester
NYS DEC
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367
r6ump@dec.ny.gov

Download the Draft RMP Amendment

2016 Draft Amendment to the East Branch of Fish Creek RMP - PDF (1.2 MB)


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