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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 and is available for public review. The Department has extended the comment period in response to stakeholders seeking additional time to review the plan and provide comment. Comments are welcome and will be accepted until Friday, March 28, 2014, and may be sent to Sean Reynolds, Forester, NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or e-mailed. A presentation regarding the draft Recreation Management Plan (PDF) (740 KB) and the proposed management actions was provided at a public meeting held on February 5, 2014 at Paul Smith's College. See press release for more information.

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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