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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:

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A-Z UMP Index
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Unit Management Plans (UMPs) in Process and Approved
Land Unit Name
(County Name)
Public Meeting ||
Public Comment Deadline
Final UMP
Approved
Lands Within
Unit
46-Corners Management Unit
(Oneida)
2013 Big Brook State Forest (SF), Cobb Brook SF, Fall Brook SF, Florence Hill SF, Furnace Creek SF, Mad River SF, Tri-County SF, Swancott Hill SF
Adirondack Foothills Management Unit
(Oneida and Herkimer)

6/3/14 || 6/30/14

Aldrich Pond Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
1995 Aldrich Pond Wild Forest, Oswegatchie Easement Lands
Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
(Ulster and Delaware)
1996 Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest
Bare Hill Unique Area
(Yates)
2002 Bare Hill Unique Area
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center
(Ulster)
5/17/13, 5/29/13 ||
6/17/13
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (This link leaves DEC's website)
Between Rivers Unit
(Chenango)
11/7/12 Ambler State Forest (SF), Basswood SF, Hunts Pond SF, Lyon Brook SF, Pine Ridge SF, Skinner Hill SF, South Hill SF, Whaupaunaucau SF, Wiley Brook SF
Big Indian Wilderness
(Ulster)
1993 Big Indian Wilderness
Black River Wild Forest
(Hamilton and Herkimer)
1996 Black River Wild Forest
Blue Mountain Wild Forest
(Hamilton and Essex)
1995 Blue Mountain Wild Forest
Blue Ridge Wilderness
(Hamilton)
2006 Blue Ridge Wilderness
Bluestone Wild Forest
(Ulster)
1997 Bluestone Wild Forest
Bog River Complex
(Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence)
2002 Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest, Eastern Five Ponds Access Primitive Area, Conifer Easement Lands
Boutwell Hill State Forest
(Chautauqua)
1998 Boutwell Hill State Forest
Brasher State Forest
(St. Lawrence Flatlands)
(Franklin and St. Lawrence)
6/20/12 || 8/31/12
Brasher State Forest (SF), Buckton SF, Fort Jackson SF, Grantville SF, Knapp Station SF, Lost Nation SF, Raymondville SF, Sodom SF, Southville SF, and detached Forest Preserve parcels
Broome State Forest
(Broome and Tioga)
2006 Broome State Forest
Camillus Forest Unique Area
(Onondaga)
2004 Camillus Forest Unique Area
Camp Santanoni Historic Area
(Essex)
2000 Camp Santanoni Historic Area
Canandaigua Highlands Unit
(Yates and Ontario)
2005 Canandaigua Highlands Unit
Canisteo River Basin Unit
(Steuben)
2003 Canisteo River Basin Unit
Charleston State Forest
(Montgomery and Schenectady)
2009 Charleston State Forest
Chautauqua Unit State Forests
(Chautauqua)
8/2013 Boutwell Hill State Forest (SF), North Harmony SF, Mount Pleasant SF, Panama SF, Chautauqua Gorge SF, Stockton SF, Brokenstraw SF, Harris Hill SF, Hatch Creek SF,Whalen Memorial SF, Hill Higher SF, Wellman SF
Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
(Clinton and Franklin)
5/23/13 Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
Chenango Trail Unit
(Chenango)
2009 Coventry State Forest (SF), Bobell Hill SF, Beaver Flow SF, Bumps Creek SF, Oak Ridge SF
Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
1984 Cranberry Lake Wild Forest
Crown Point Historic Area
(Essex)
12/7/11 Crown Point Historic Area
Crystal Lake Wild Forest
(Sullivan)
1993 Crystal Lake Wild Forest
Cuyler Hill
Unit Management Plan

(Cortland)
2010 Cuyler Hill State Forest, Dog Hollow State Forest, Maxon Creek State Forest
Debar Mountain Wild Forest
(Franklin)
3/2003 Debar Mountain Wild Forest
Delaware Wild Forest
(Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster)
1988 Delaware Wild Forest
Dix Mountain Wilderness
(Essex)
2004 Dix Mountain Wilderness
Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest
(Delaware and Ulster)
1988 Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest
Eastern Lake Ontario
(Oswego)
6/2013 Altmar State Forest (SF), Chateaugay SF, Sandy Creek SF, Trout Brook SF
Elm Ridge Wild Forest
(Greene)
1994 Elm Ridge Wild Forest
Eminence State Forest
(Schoharie)
1995 Eminence State Forest
Erwin Unit
(Steuben)
2008 Erwin Unit
Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex
(Essex and Hamilton)
|| 7/18/14
Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area, Pine Lake Primitive Area, portions of Blue Mountain Wild Forest
Ferris Lake Wild Forest
(Fulton and Hamilton)
|| 2006 Ferris Lake Wild Forest
Five Ponds Wilderness
(St. Lawrence and Herkimer)
1994 Five Ponds Wilderness
Five Rivers Env. Edu. Center
(Albany)
5/2007 Five Rivers Env. Edu. Center
Five Streams State Forests
(Chenango)
2009 Five Streams State Forest, Red Brook State Forest, Balsam Swamp State Forest
Fulton Chain Wild Forest
(Herkimer)
1990 Fulton Chain Wild Forest
Giant Mountain Wilderness
(Essex)
2004 Giant Mountain Wilderness
Gore Mountain Ski Center
(Warren)
10/2008
(Amendment)
Gore Mountain Ski Center (This link leaves DEC's website)
Grasse River Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
2/2003 Grasse River Wild Forest
Great Divide Unit
(Chemung and Schuyler)
2006 Catlin State Forest (SF), Maple Hill SF, Texas Hollow SF, Catharine Creek Wildlife
Cayuta Lake Fishing Access Site
Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness
(Herkimer)
1995 Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness
Halcott Mountain Wild Forest
(Greene)
2001 Halcott Mountain Wild Forest
Hammond Pond
Wild Forest

(Essex and Warren)
1988 Hammond Pond Wild Forest
Helderbergs Management Area
(Albany)
2001 Patridge Run Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Louise Keir WMA, Margaret Burke WMA, Patridge Run State Forest (SF), Cole Hill SF, Rensselaerville SF
Hemlock Canadice Unit
(Livingston and Ontario)
3/14/13 || 4/15/13 Hemlock Canadice Unit
High Peaks Wilderness
(Essex, Franklin and Hamilton)
1999 High Peaks Wilderness
Hill and Hollow Unit
(Cortland and Onondaga)
3/11/13 || 4/11/13 Kettlebail State Forest, Lab Hollow Unique Area, Morgan Hill State Forest
Hoffman Notch Wilderness
(Essex)
2012 Hoffman Notch Wilderness
Hudson Gorge Wilderness
(Essex and Hamilton)
7/2002 Hudson Gorge Wilderness
Hunter-West Kill Wilderness
(Greene and Ulster)
1995 Hunter-West Kill Wilderness
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
(Essex)
2014 Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
Hurricane Mountain Wilderness(Essex) 2010 Hurricane Mountain Wilderness
Independence River Wild Forest
(Herkimer and Lewis)
9/01/13 1986 Independence River Wild Forest
Indian Head Wilderness
(Greene)
1992 Indian Head Wilderness
Jay Mountain Wilderness
(Essex)
2010 Jay Mountain Wilderness
Jessup River Wild Forest
(Hamilton)
2006 Jessup River Wild Forest
Kaaterskill Wild Forest
(Greene and Ulster)
1987 Kaaterskill Wild Forest
Keuka Highlands Unit
(Steuben)
2011
1993
Pigtail Hollow State Forest, Urbana State Forest
Keuka Lowlands Unit
(Steuben and Schuyler)
2012
Lake Champlain Islands Complex
(Clinton and Essex)
Valcour Island Primitive Area, Schuyler Island Primitive Area, Champlain Islands Wild Forest
Lake George Wild Forest
(Warren and Washington)
1/2007 Lake George Wild Forest
Leatherstocking Area State Forests
(Otsego)
2000 Hartwick State Forest (SF), Exeter SF, Basswood Pond SF, Plainfield SF, Texas School House SF
Lebanon Hills State Forest
(Madison)
1994 Lebanon Hills State Forest
Livingston Unit
(Livingston and Allegany)
2000 Canaseraga State Forest, Ossian State Forest, Sonyea State Forest
McDonough Area State Forests
(Chenango)
1999
Moose River Plains
Wild Forest

(Hamilton and Herkimer)
2011 Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Muller Hill Unit
(Chenango, Cortland
and Madison)
2012 Muller Hill State Forest, Three Springs State Forest, Mariposa State Forest
Nelson Swamp Unique Area
(Madison)
1999 Nelson Swamp Unique Area
Neversink River Unique Area
(Sullivan)
1997
9/2013 (amendment)
Neversink River Unique Area
Nine Mile Swamp
State Forest

(Cattaraugus)
2000 Windfall Creek State Forest, Nine Mile Creek State Forest
Northern Chenango Highlands
Area State Forests
(Chenango)
2000 Beaver Meadow State Forest (SF), Lincklaen SF, Bucks Brook SF, Otselic SF
Northern Piedmont Management Unit
Four State Forests and
a Wildlife Mgmt Area
(Washington)
10/2013 Carter's Pond Wildlife Management Area, Mt. Tom State Forest (SF), Chestnut Woods SF, Eldridge Swamp SF, Batten Kill SF, Goose Egg Mountain SF
Oneida Hills Management Unit
(Oneida)
6/2013 Buck Hill State Forest (SF), Canada Creek SF, Clark Hill SF, Jackson Hill SF, Penn Mountain SF, Point Rock SF, South Hill SF, Webster Hill SF, West Branch SF
Overlook Mountain Wild Forest
(Ulster)
1999 Overlook Mountain Wild Forest
Peconic Headwaters Management Area
(Suffolk)
2005 Peconic Headwaters Management Area
Pepperbox Wilderness
(Herkimer)
1985 Pepperbox Wilderness
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
(Essex and Warren)
1992 Pharaoh Lake Wilderness
Pharsalia Woods
(Chenango)
2/2013 New Michigan State Forest (SF), Pitcher Springs State Forest
Perkins Pond State Forest
New Michigan State Forest (24)
Pigeon Hill State Forest
Phoenicia-Mt. Tobias Wild Forest
(Ulster)
1994 Phoenicia-Mt. Tobias Wild Forest
Pigeon Lake Wilderness
(Hamilton and Herkimer)
1992 Pigeon Lake Wilderness
Rapid Waters Unit
(Tompkins and Tioga)
2012 Danby State Forest, Shindagin State Forest
Raquette Boreal Unit
(St. Lawrence)
2006 Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, Lassiter Easement, Conservation Fund Easement, International Paper Easement, Niagara Mohawk Easement
Region 7 Recreation Master Plan
2/06
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
(Erie)
2006 Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor
(Essex, Franklin, Hamilton,
Herkimer, Oneida)
10/28/14, 10/29/14, 11/6/14, 11/7/14 || 12/15/14 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor
Rome Sand Plains State Forest
(Oneida)
2006 Rome Sand Plains State Forest
Rush Oak Openings
(Monroe)
1999 Rush Oak Openings Area
Rusk Mountain Wild Forest
(Greene)
1995 Rusk Mountain Wild Forest
Saint Regis Canoe Area
(Franklin)
2006 Saint Regis Canoe Area
Saint Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
(Franklin)
2014 Saint Regis Mountain Fire Tower Historic Area
Salmon River Falls Unique Area
(Oswego)
2006 Salmon River Falls Unique Area
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
(Essex and Franklin)
3/2002 Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
Saratoga Warren State Forests
(Saratoga and Warren)
2003 Ralph Road State Forest (SF), Lincoln Mountain SF, Lake Desolation SF, Daketown SF, Middle Grove SF, Ushers Road SF
Scaroon Manor Campground
(Essex and Warren)
Scaroon Manor Campground
Second Pond Boat Launch
(Franklin)
5/2013 Second Pond Boat Launch
Sentinel Range Wilderness
(Essex)
9/2002 Sentinel Range Wilderness
Shaker Mountain Wild Forest
(Fulton and Hamilton)
2006 Shaker Mountain Wild Forest
Shandaken Wild Forest
(Ulster and Greene)
2005 Shandaken Wild Forest
Shawangunk Ridge
(Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan)
12/15/13 Huckleberry Ridge State Forest (SF), Graham Mountain SF, Wurtsboro Ridge SF, Roosa Gap SF, Shawangunk Ridge SF, Witch's Hole Multiple Use Area (MUA), Shawangunk MUA
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
(Hamilton and Warren)
2005 Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Silver Lake Wilderness
(Hamilton)
2006 Silver Lake Wilderness
Six Nations Unit
(Steuben and Schuyler)
11/2013
1998
Goundry Hill State Forest (SF), Sugar Hill SF, Coon Hollow SF, South Bradford SF, West Hill SF, Meads Creek SF, Beaver Dams SF, Dry Run SF, Erwin Hollow SF, Cinnamon Lake SF
Slide Mountain Wilderness
(Ulster)
1998 Slide Mountain Wilderness
Southern Staten Island
(Richmond)
5/30/09 Mount Loretto Unique Area, Lemon Creek, Bloesser's Pond, Arden Heights Woods, North Mount Loretto State Forest
Split Rock Wild Forest
(Essex)
2005 Split Rock Wild Forest
St. Lawrence Flatlands
(Franklin and St. Lawrence)
12/01/14 || 01/15/15 Bombay State Forest (SF), Brasher SF, Buckton SF, Fort Jackson SF, Grantville SF, Knapp Station SF, Lost Nation SF, Raymondville SF, Sodom SF, Southville SF
St. Lawrence Foothills
(St. Lawrence)
2015

Catherineville State Forest (SF), Crary Mills SF, Degrasse SF, Downerville SF, Glenmeal SF, High Flats SF, Orebed Creek SF, Silver Hill SF, Snow Bowl SF, Taylor Creek SF, West Parishville SF, Whippoorwill Corners SF, Whiskey Flats SF, Niagra Mohawk Conservation Easement - South Colton Parcel

Stewart State Forest
(Orange)
2006 Stewart State Forest
Sundown Wild Forest
(Ulster and Sullivan)
1996 Sundown Wild Forest
Taylor Pond Management Complex
(Clinton, Essex, and Franklin)
2/2013 Taylor Pond Wild Forest, Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Ausable Marsh WMA, Pauline Murdock WMA, Clinton County State Forest, Franklin Falls Timber Conservation Easement (CE), Cook Mountain CE, Alderbrook Park CE, Lyme Adirondack Timber Lands LLC CE
Taylor Valley Unit
(Cortland County)
3/11/13 || 4/11/13 Taylor Valley, Donahue Woods, Baker School House, Hoxie Gorge, and Gee Brook State Forests and Papish Pond Multiple Use Area.
Tioga State Forests
(Tioga)
2006 Oakley Corners State Forest (SF), Ketchumville SF, Fairfield SF, Jenksville SF
Tioughnioga State Forests Unit
(Madison)
2007 DeRuyter State Forest (SF), Morrow Mountain SF, Stoney Pond SF
Treaty Line Unit
(Broome, Chenango, Delaware
Melondy State Forest (SF), Stream Mill SF, Arctic SF, China SF, Barbour Brook SF, Pine Hill SF, Michigan Hill SF, Beach Hill SF
Tri-County Unit
(Cortland)
2009 Andersen Hill State Forest (SF), Potato Hill SF, Robinson Hollow SF
Tug Hill North Unit
(Jefferson and Lewis)
12/4/13 ||12/20/13 Sears Pond State Forest (SF), Grant Powell Memorial SF, Cobb Creek SF, Lookout SF, Granger SF, Pinckney SF, Tug Hill SF, Gould's Corners SF, Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area
Twin Sheds Unit
(Tompkins County)
3/7/13 || 4/7/13 Hammond Hill State Forest, Yellow Barn State Forest
Upper Salmon River Unit
(Oswego, Oneida and Lewis)
10/2/13 ||11/2/13 Salmon River State Forest (SF), O'Hara SF, Hall Island SF, Battle Hill SF, West Osceola SF
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
(Essex, Hamilton and Warren)
2005 Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
Vienna Woods Unit
(Oneida)
1/30/14 || 3/3/14 Stone Barn State Forest, Fish Creek State Forest, several small pieces of Detached Parcels of Forest Preserve lands
Virgil Mountain Area
(Cortland)
2009 Stone Barn State Forest, Fish Creek State Forest, Detached Parcels of Forest Preserve
Watsons East Triangle Wild Forest
(Herkimer and Lewis)
2010
Watsons East Triangle Wild Forest
West Mountain Interim Access Plan
(Dutchess)
9/10/14 || 9/30/14 West Mountain State Forest
Westward Waters Unit
(Lewis)
9/18/13 Balsam Creek State Forest (SF), Beartown SF, Bonaparte's Cave SF, Frank E. Jadwin Memorial SF, High Towers SF, Hogsback SF,Independence River SF, Indian Pipe SF, Lowville Demonstration Area, Onjebonge SF, Otter Creek SF, Sand Bay SF, Sand Flats SF
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center
(Essex)
5/24/13 Whiteface Mountain Ski Center (This link leaves DEC's website)
White Hill Wild Forest
(St. Lawrence)
2006 White Hill Wild Forest
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
(Fulton, Hamilton,Saratoga and Warren)
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
William C. Whitney Wilderness(Hamilton) 1998 William C. Whitney Wilderness
Willowemoc Wild Forest
(Sullivan and Ulster)
1991 Willowemoc Wild Forest
Wilmington Wild Forest
(Clinton and Essex)
2005 Wilmington Wild Forest
Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness
(Greene)
1994 Windham-Blackhead Range Wilderness
Winona State Forest
(Jefferson and Oswego)
12/2013 Winona State Forest
Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area
(Erie and Cattaraugus)
2006 Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area