Westward Waters Unit Management Plan
The West Ward Waters planning unit consists of seventeen state forests located in thirteen units on eastern edge of Lewis County. The state forest land totals of 38,637 acres in the towns of Croghan, Diana, Greig, Lyonsdale, New Breman, and Watson. These areas are not in the Adirondack Park, although some of the State Forests border the Adirondack Park.
The following list of state lands are all included in this UMP:
Balsam Creek State Forest - Lewis 30 - 560 acres
Beartown State Forest -Lewis 12 ,14 - 7205 acres
Bonaparte's Cave State Forest - Lewis 28 - 1437 acres
Frank E. Jadwin Memorial State Forest - Lewis 1,4,10,13 - 20593 acres
High Towers State Forest - Lewis 20 - 730 acres
Hogsback State Forest - Lewis 22 - 629 acres
Independence River State Forest - Lewis 35 - 690 acres
Indian Pipe State Forest - Lewis 24 -595 acres
Lowville Demonstration Area - Lewis 46 - 83 acres
Onjebonge State Forest - Lewis 15 - 1829 acres
Otter Creek State Forest - Lewis 34 - 1433 acres
Sand Bay State Forest - Lewis 42 - 324 acres
Sand Flats State Forest - Lewis 3 - 2529 acres
These state forest offers many recreational opportunities, including: hiking, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, dog sledding, bird watching and horseback riding. The unit contains 45 miles of classified streams/rivers, 23 miles of recreational trails (some designated New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trails) and 27 miles forest access roads.
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.
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 Unit Management Plan. All comments and ideas received prior to finalizing the draft UMP will be considered.