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Unit Management Plans

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Unit Management Plans (UMPs) assess the natural and physical resources present within a land unit. They also identify opportunities for public use which are consistent with the classifications of these lands, and consider the ability of the resources and ecosystems to accommodate such use.

UMPs are written by DEC planners for public lands managed by the Department. These public lands include:

In the Adirondacks, UMPs are developed by DEC planners in consultation with Adirondack Park Agency (APA) staff. The APA has responsibility for assuring plans are in compliance with Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) guidelines for management of forest preserve lands inside the Adirondack Park. In the Catskills, UMPs are developed in compliance with Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP). All State Forest UMPs, which are for lands generally outside of the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, are developed in compliance with the Strategic Plan for State Forest Management.

The UMP Process:

  • Conduct resource inventory of the unit area.
  • Solicit written and verbal input from the public through press releases and meetings.
  • Development of a draft plan and address State Environmental Quality Review (SEQRA) issues.
  • Prepare a draft plan (for the APA to review in the Adirondack Park).
  • Release draft UMP and conduct public hearings.
  • Resolve issues, revise the plan (with APA review for compliance with the APSLMP).
  • DEC Commissioner gives final approval and the UMP is adopted.

Please note:

  • Unfortunately, in some cases the original, often rather old, word processing file did not allow complete conversion to a pdf format. Eventually these older plans will be revised and posted accordingly.
  • Although numerous UMPs are available below, not all units listed have a completed plan at this time. If you have problems downloading a plan or find that the plan you are looking for has not yet been posted, please call (518) 473-9518 for units within the Adirondack and Catskill Parks or (518) 402-9428 for units in the rest of the state.

Forest Preserve Land Unit Maps:

Adirondack Park:

View Map Image || View Map PDF (745 KB)

Catskill Park:

View Map Image || View Map PDF (384 KB)

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Unit Management Plans (UMPs) in Process and Approved
Land Unit Name
(County Name)
Public
Meeting
Public Comment
Period Deadline
Final UMP
Approved
46-Corners Management Unit
(Oneida)
January 2013
Adirondack Foothills Management Unit
(Oneida and Herkimer)
June 3, 2014 June 30, 2014
Aldrich Pond Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
February 1995
Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
(Ulster and Delaware)
January 1996
Bare Hill Unique Area
(Yates)
March 2002
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
(Ulster)
May 17, 2013
May 29, 2013
June 17, 2013
Between Rivers Unit
(Chenango)
Nov 7, 2012
Big Indian Wilderness Area
(Ulster)
June 1993
Black River Wild Forest
(Hamilton and Herkimer)
June 1996
Blue Mountain Wild Forest
(Hamilton and Essex)
May 1995
Blue Ridge Wilderness Area
(Hamilton)
September 2006
Bluestone Wild Forest
(Ulster)

May 1997
Bog River Complex
(Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence)
November 2002
Boutwell Hill State Forest
(Chautauqua)
June 1998
Brasher State Forest
(St. Lawrence Flatlands)
(Franklin and St. Lawrence)
June 20, 2012 August 31, 2012
Broome State Forest
(Broome and Tioga)
September 2006
Camillus Forest Unique Area
(Onondaga)
May 2004
Camp Santanoni Historic Area
(Essex)
August 2000
Canandaigua Highlands Unit
(Yates and Ontario)
June 2005
Canisteo River Basin Unit
(Steuben)
June 2003
Charleston State Forest
(Montgomery and Schenectady)
August 2009
Chautauqua Unit State Forests
(Chautauqua)
August 2013
Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
(Clinton and Franklin)
May 23, 2013
Chenango Trail Unit
(Chenango)
December 2009
Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
June 1984
Crown Point Historic Area
(Essex)
December 7, 2011
Crystal Lake Wild Forest
(Sullivan)
June 1993
Cuyler Hill
Unit Management Plan

(Cortland)
December 2010
Debar Mountain Wild Forest
(Franklin)
March 2003
Delaware Wild Forest
(Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster)
October 1988
Dix Mountain Wilderness Area
(Essex)
January 2004
Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest
(Delaware and Ulster)
November 1988
Eastern Lake Ontario
(Oswego)
June 2013
Elm Ridge Wild Forest
(Greene)
January 1994
Eminence State Forest
(Schoharie)
January 1995
Erwin Unit
(Steuben)
October 2008
Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex
(Essex and Hamilton)
July 18, 2014
Ferris Lake Wild Forest
(Fulton and Hamilton)
Five Ponds Wilderness Area
(St. Lawrence and Herkimer)
April 1994
Five Rivers Env. Edu. Center
(Albany)
May 2007
Five Streams State Forests
(Chenango)
August 2009
Fulton Chain Wild Forest
(Herkimer)
January 1990
Giant Mountain Wilderness Area
(Essex)
January 2004
Gore Mountain Ski Center
(Warren)
October 2008
(Amendment)
Grasse River Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
February 2003
Great Divide Unit
(Chemung and Schuyler)
March 2006
Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness Area
(Herkimer)
January 1995
Halcott Mountain Wild Forest
(Greene)
September 2001
Hammond Pond
Wild Forest

(Essex and Warren)
March 1988
Helderbergs Management Area
(Albany)
January 2001
Hemlock Canadice Unit
(Livingston and Ontario)
March 14, 2013 April 15, 2013
High Peaks Wilderness Area
(Essex, Franklin and Hamilton)
June 1999
Hill and Hollow Unit
(Cortland and Onondaga)
March 11, 2013 April 11, 2013
Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area
(Essex)
April 2012
Hudson Gorge Primitive Area
(Essex and Hamilton)
July 2002
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area
(Greene and Ulster)
November 1995
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
(Essex)
Hurricane Mountain Wilderness Area
(Essex)
August 2010
Independence River Wild Forest
(Herkimer and Lewis)
September 19, 2013 October 1986
Indian Head Wilderness Area
(Greene)
October 1992
Jay Mountain Wilderness Area
(Essex)

August 2010
Jessup River Wild Forest
(Hamilton)
August 2006
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
(Greene and Ulster)
March 1987
Keuka Highlands Unit
(Steuben)
February 2011
January 1993
Keuka Lowlands Unit
(Steuben and Schuyler)
April 2012
Lake Champlain Islands Complex
(Clinton and Essex)
Lake George Wild Forest
(Warren and Washington)
Leatherstocking Area State Forests
(Otsego)
August 2000
Lebanon Hills State Forest
(Madison)
February 1994
Livingston Unit
(Livingston and Allegany)
July 2000
McDonough Area State Forests
(Chenango)
August 1999
Moose River Plains
Wild Forest

(Hamilton and Herkimer)
January 2011
Muller Hill Unit
(Chenango, Cortland
and Madison)
March 2012
Nelson Swamp Unique Area
(Madison)
June 1999
Neversink River Unique Area
(Sullivan)
June 1997
September 2013 (amendment)
Nine Mile Swamp
State Forest

(Cattaraugus)
January 2000
Northern Chenango Highlands
Area State Forests
(Chenango)
February 2000
Northern Piedmont Management Unit
Four State Forests and
a Wildlife Mgmt Area
(Washington)
October 2013
Oneida Hills Management Unit
(Oneida)
June 2013
Overlook Mountain Wild Forest
(Ulster)
May 1999
Peconic Headwaters Management Area
(Suffolk)
2005
Pepperbox Wilderness Area
(Herkimer)
March 1985
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
(Essex and Warren)
April 1992
Pharsalia Woods
(Chenango)
February 2013
Phoenicia Wild Forest
(Ulster)
March 1994
Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area
(Hamilton and Herkimer)
October 1992
Rapid Waters Unit
(Tompkins and Tioga)
December 2012
Raquette Boreal Unit
(St. Lawrence)
December 2006
Region 7 Recreation Master Plan
February 2006
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
(Erie)
March 2006
Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor
(Essex, Franklin, Hamilton,
Herkimer, Oneida)
September 2013 September 25, 2013 March 1996
Rome Sand Plains State Forest
(Oneida)
December 2006
Rush Oak Openings
(Monroe)
April 1999
Rusk Mountain Wild Forest
(Greene)
November 1995
Saint Regis Canoe Area
(Franklin)
June 2006
Saint Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
(Franklin)
Salmon River Falls Unique Area
(Oswego)
2006
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
(Essex and Franklin)
March 2002
Saratoga Warren State Forests
(Saratoga and Warren)
May 2003
Scaroon Manor Campground
(Essex and Warren)
Second Pond Boat Launch
(Franklin)
May 2013
Sentinel Range Wilderness Area
(Essex)
September 2002
Shaker Mountain Wild Forest
(Fulton and Hamilton)
January 2006
Shandaken Wild Forest
(Ulster and Greene)
June 2005
Shawangunk Ridge
(Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan)
December 15, 2013
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area
(Hamilton and Warren)
May 2005
Silver Lake Wilderness Area
(Hamilton)
April 2006
Six Nations Unit
(Steuben and Schuyler)
November 2013
December 1998
Slide Mountain Wilderness Area
(Ulster)
October 1998
Southern Staten Island
(Richmond)
May 30. 2009
Split Rock Wild Forest
(Essex)
March 2005
St. Lawrence Flatlands
(Franklin and St. Lawrence)
August 31, 2012
St. Lawrence Foothills
(St. Lawrence)
Early 2015
Stewart State Forest
(Orange)
December 2006
Sundown Wild Forest
(Ulster and Sullivan)
April 1996
Taylor Pond Management Complex
(Clinton, Essex, and Franklin)
February 2013
Taylor Valley Unit
(Cortland County)
March 11, 2013 April 11, 2013
Tioga State Forests
(Tioga)
December 2006
Tioughnioga State Forests Unit
(Madison)
February 2006 February 2007
Treaty Line Unit
(Broome, Chenango, Delaware
Tri-County Unit
(Cortland)
December 2009
Tug Hill North Unit
(Jefferson and Lewis)
December 4, 2013 December 20, 2013
Twin Sheds Unit
(Tompkins County)
March 7, 2013 April 7, 2013
Upper Salmon River Unit
(Oswego, Oneida and Lewis)
October 2, 2013 November 2, 2013
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
(Essex, Hamilton and Warren)
April 2005
Vienna Woods Unit
(Oneida)
January 30, 2014 March 3, 2014
Virgil Mountain Area
(Cortland)
October 2009
Watsons East Triangle Wild Forest
(Herkimer and Lewis)
December 2010
West Mountain Interim Access Plan
(Dutchess)
September 10, 2014 September 30, 2014
Westward Waters Unit
(Lewis)
September 18, 2013
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center
(Essex)
May 24, 2013
White Hill Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
December 2006
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
(Fulton, Hamilton,Saratoga and Warren)
William C. Whitney Wilderness Area
(Hamilton)
June 1998
Willowemoc Wild Forest
(Sullivan and Ulster)
1991
Wilmington Wild Forest
(Clinton and Essex)
October 2005
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness Area
(Greene)
April 1994
Winona State Forest
(Jefferson and Oswego)
December 2013
Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area
(Erie and Cattaraugus)
December 2006