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Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan

The Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands and Forests is accepting public comments on the draft Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan (UMP) which includes four state forests, conservation easement lands and portions of the recently acquired National Grid lands.

The Eastern Lake Ontario Unit is located in the Oswego County towns of Albion, Boylston, Orwell, Richland and Sandy Creek. The Unit includes the Altmar, Chateaugay, Sandy Creek and Trout Brook State Forests (totaling 6,126 acres). The draft plan has been developed to address both short- and long-term land management opportunities, challenges and needs in these State Forests. Community-based forestry is a participatory approach to forest management that seeks to strengthen the relationship between local residents and nearby forest resources.

DEC will be accepting public comment and input on the draft plan for 60 days, until October 2, 2017. Comments may be submitted via mail or email. Mail your written comments to:

NYSDEC
Division of Lands & Forests
2133 County Route 22
Altmar, NY 13302

Email your comments to: R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

Input gathered at the public meetings, by mail or received by email will be used in finalizing the Eastern Lake Ontario Unit Management Plan. The UMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

Eastern Lake Ontario Draft Unit Management Plan

Eastern Lake Ontario Draft Unit Management Plan (5.1 mB, 164 pages)