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Kushaqua Tract Draft Recreation Management Plan

The 18,989-acre Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands are located in the south-central Franklin County towns of Brighton and Franklin. The contiguous tract is owned by the Lyme Timber Company of Hanover, New Hampshire. The State of New York acquired a working forest conservation easement with public recreation rights on the property in April 2004. The largest portion of the property is in the Town of Brighton (10,213 acres) with the remainder situated in the Town of Franklin (8,776 acres). The small communities of Onchiota and Loon Lake are close by with the communities of Gabriels, Paul Smiths, Bloomingdale, Rainbow Lake and Vermontville being a short drive away.

A draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) has been developed for these lands. The public comment period for the RMP has ended and DEC is currently reviewing those comments, modifying the RMP and preparing responses to comments.

A presentation (PDF) (740 KB) provides a summary of the proposed management actions in the RMP. You can also view or download the Full Draft Recreational Management Plan (PDF) (26.1 MB). Caution, this file will take a long time to download for those with slow speed internet access. You may want to download the plan in sections using the links below.

Draft Recreation Management Plan without appendices (PDF) (178 KB)
Appendix A1-2 (PDF) (3.8 MB)
Appendix A3 (PDF) (3.0 MB)
Appendix B1 (PDF) (3.0 MB)
Appendix B2 (PDF) (2.9 MB)
Appendix B3 (PDF) (2.9 MB)
Appendix B4 (PDF) (2.7 MB)
Appendix B5 (PDF) (2.7 MB)
Appendix C1-4 (PDF) (4.0 MB)
Appendix C5-7 (PDF) (4.2 MB)
Appendix C8-10 (PDF) (2.6 MB)
Appendix D-H (PDF) (3.1 MB)


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