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Black River Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Black River Wild Forest is located in the south-western foothills of the Adirondack Park. The unit is comprised of over 121,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in Herkimer, Lewis, Hamilton, and Oneida counties.

Status of the UMP

A Unit Management Plan (UMP) was completed for the Black River Wild Forest in 1996. If you have questions or comments on this UMP, please email us at: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

Black River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (7.1 MB) - This is a large file and may be slow to download. As an alternative, you may download specific sections below.

Sections for Easier Downloading

2016 Draft Amendment - Snowmobile Trail, Hiking Trail and Parking Lot Development

The primary purpose of this amendment is to classify snowmobile trails to conform to the Department's Management Guidance for snowmobiling in the Adirondack Park (PDF) (225 KB). Also included are proposals for additional parking at North Lake and several new foot trail segments to be included in the North Country National Scenic Trail.

Public Comment Opportunity

Department will be accepting comments on the Draft UMP Amendment until February 29, 2016. Comments can be sent to the contact below:

Michael Marsh, Forester
225 North Main Street
Herkimer, NY 13357

Download the Draft UMP Amendment

2016 Draft Amendment to the Black River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (4.5 MB)

2004 Amendment - Closure of Roads to ATV Use

This amendment proposed the closure of 38 roads to public ATV access within several units, including Black River Wild Forest.

2004 Amendment to the Black River Wild Forest UMP - PDF (2.11 MB)

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