Winona Unit Management Plan
The Winona planning unit consists of one state forest located on boundary of southern Jefferson County and northern Oswego County. The state forest land totals of 9233 acres in the towns of Lorraine, Ellisburg and Boylston. It is east of interstate #81, west of Littlejohn Wildlife Management Area and is on the western edge of the Tug Hill Plateau.
This state forest offers many recreational opportunities, including: hiking, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sledding, bird watching and horseback riding. The unit contains 22 miles of cross-country ski trails, 12 miles of snowmobile trails (some designated New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trails), 9.9 miles of forest access roads, and 3 large parking lots. Nearly two miles of forest access roads are posted as open to all terrain vehicles (ATV), providing a connection to established ATV trails to the north and south of the area.
How to provide input into the plan:
The UMP process consists of several steps: create detailed maps of the unit; inventory the wildlife and natural resources found on the unit; map the current infrastructure and proposed new facilities; and plan future management actions and public use.
The public meeting was held Wednesday, July 17, in the Mannsville Manor Elementary School auditorium, Route 11, Mannsville, New York from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The first half hour was an open house format which provided time for the public to informally discuss the draft plan with DEC Lands and Forest staff. At 7 p.m., DEC staff briefly presented highlights of the draft plan. Following the presentation, the public will had an opportunity to comment on the plan.
Any person or group who would like to provide input or comments on the future management of this unit can mail Senior Forester Ed Sykes at NYSDEC, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY, 13367 or e-mail Region 6 UMP mail box. Public comments received before August 1, 2013, can be incorporated into the draft UMP.