Tri-County Unit Management Plan
The 3,407 acre Tri-County Uplands Unit is comprised of Andersen Hill State Forest , Potato Hill State Forest , and Robinson Hollow State Forest. These state forests are located near the intersection of Cortland, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. It is the policy of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to manage state forests for multiple benefits and in a sustainable fashion to conserve natural resources and serve our customers, the people of New York State. This Unit Management Plan (UMP) has been developed to strategically guide the management activities on the state forests in the Unit for the next 20 years.
The state forests in this Unit will be managed to promote biodiversity and ecosystem health while providing recreational opportunities, ecosystem based values and services, economic benefits and a sustainable supply of renewable natural resources for the benefit of the people of the State of New York - now and in the future. Through this plan, the Unit will continue to provide excellent recreational opportunities such as fishing, hunting, trapping, informal camping, and hiking. The Tri-County Uplands Unit will
continue to provide sustainable ecosystem services such as clean water, carbon storage, and nutrient recycling, wildlife habitat, and renewable forest products such as pulpwood, firewood, and sawtimber. In addition, the Unit has the potential to provide oil and gas mineral resources to society. Natural resources provided by the Unit and its landscape add significant economic value by providing jobs and tourism to the region. Of great interest, the Unit and its surrounding landscape provide diverse habitats for more than two hundred birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Sustaining biodiversity is an integral part of the Department's planning process is public participation. As such, Department staff seeks public participation throughout the UMP process to insure that all stakeholders have a chance to make their views heard. Public participation adds significant value to the planning process and thereby greatly improves the quality of the final plan. Future management of the property will be guided by this document and the ability of the land resource to produce and sustain a diverse group of ecosystem and recreation services.