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Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan

The Taylor Valley Unit consists of six separate land properties between the Otselic and Tioughnioga Rivers in the Cortland County towns of Cuyler, Cincinnatus, Cortlandville, Freetown, Solon, Taylor, Truxton, and Virgil. The Taylor Valley UMP addresses management of Taylor Valley, Donahue Woods, Baker School House, Hoxie Gorge, and Gee Brook State Forests and Papish Pond Multiple Use Area.

The unit receives light to moderate recreational use with annual use increasing. Recreation areas and trail systems on the unit include: 20.3 miles of snowmobile trails, 11.1 miles of Finger Lakes Hiking Trails, 0.9 mile of ATV trails for the mobility impaired, a day-use area with a pavilion and BBQ pits . There are also numerous fishing, hunting, informal camping, nature watching and trapping opportunities.

Water Resources on the forest include: five DEC regulated wetlands covering 441 acres, 23 miles of class C or higher streams and three ponds totaling 64 acres. Wildlife on the unit includes 123 bird species, approximately 36 species of reptiles and amphibians and 52 species of mammals. Forest and cover types found on the unit include: native hardwood forests, conifer plantations, mixed stands of native conifers and hardwoods, and native conifers. Roads and open fields are also found on the forests that comprise the unit.

Actions planned in the unit management plan for the forests include:

  • Constructing and maintaining 5.3 miles of new Finger Lakes Hiking Trail (the majority of work to be done by Adopt a Natural Resource Stewards from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference)
  • Constructing and maintaining 0.5 mile of new ATV routes for persons with mobility disabilities who have a DEC issued Motorized Access Permit for People with Disabilities
  • Upgrading two drive-up campsites to provide access to people with disabilities
  • Designating four undeveloped walk-in campsites
  • Constructing one lean-to
  • Reducing the number of designated drive-up campsites from 12 to 7
  • Maintaining Papish Pond by addressing the Class C- High Hazard dam designation of the dam.

Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan

Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan (PDF) (193 pages, 5.0 mB)

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