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Canisteo River Basin Unit

Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan

Map showing the location of the properties included in this UMP.
Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan Map

The Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan is a plan for the multiple use of about 7,715 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Steuben County. The Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC Professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2003. It is comprised of eight state forests; Burt Hill, Cameron, Cameron Mills, Canacadea, Greenwood, Rock Creek, Tracy Creek, and Turkey Ridge State Forests, and two Wildlife Management Areas; Helmer Creek and West Cameron Wildlife Management Areas.

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 Canisteo River Basin 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 and preservation of historical and archaeological resources.

Full Plan

Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan (PDF) (1.7 MB)

New Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan

Revising of the Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan is under way.

Public involvement is an important component to the UMP process. We invite you to provide us with your comments or concerns regarding the past or future management of any of the DEC properties included in the UMP. Your comments may be general or specific, and will be accepted at any time throughout the process.

A scoping letter (PDF, 198KB) requesting initial public comments was sent out in December 2016, requesting that any comments, concerns or suggestions be mailed to:

State Land Management
7291 Coon Rd
Bath, NY 14810
or emailed to:

Upon completion of the draft Canisteo River Basin Unit Management Plan, the public will be invited to review it and attend a public meeting to share your views on the Draft UMP. Prior to that a second mailing will be sent to those on the updated mailing list, including the media, summarizing objectives of the draft plan, listing local document repositories and announcing the public meeting. Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, DEC Commissioner's directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. Questions and/or comments will be included in the final document.