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Jay Mountain Wilderness - Unit Management Plan

The Jay Mountain Wilderness is located in the northeast portion of the Adirondack Park within the Towns of Jay and Lewis in Essex County. The unit is comprised of one Forest Preserve parcel, and at 7,951 acres, is the smallest Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Park.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Jay Mountain Wilderness recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Jay Mountain Wilderness in 2010. If you have any questions about the UMP, please e-mail us at

Download the UMP

Jay Mountain Wilderness Unit Management Plan - PDF (4.66 MB)

2014 Amendment - Mineral Sampling

The intent and purpose of this amendment was to: (1) recognize that a constitutional amendment approved by the voters on November 5, 2013 implicitly repeals the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) guidelines for Wilderness that would otherwise prohibit NYCO's mineral sampling operations within the Jay Mountain Wilderness; (2) make the UMP consistent with the Constitutional amendment; and (3) note that detailed terms and conditions governing the mineral sampling operations will be set forth in a Temporary Revocable Permit (TRP) issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation (Department).

2014 Amendment to the Jay Mountain Wilderness UMP - PDF (3.4 MB)