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Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex - Unit Management Plan

In February 2014, Governor Cuomo approved a State Land classification package for approximately 42,000 acres, including several tracts that have been recently added to the Forest Preserve. Some surrounding existing Forest Preserve lands were also reclassified, including a large addition to the Blue Mountain Wild Forest. Areas of note covered by this Complex Unit Management Plan (Complex UMP) include: the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive Area, the Pine Lake Primitive Area, recently classified portions of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, and three State Administrative Areas.

These Areas afford a variety of recreational opportunities as part of a larger recreational complex in the central Adirondack Park. Limited public access facilities were established following the acquisition of these lands in the fall of 2013 and the influx of visitors and users during this time reflects the high level of interest in these Areas.

This Complex UMP has been prepared in order for the Department to provide for appropriate public access within these lands. The management actions outlined are specific to guiding public access and use which otherwise would be established in an ad hoc fashion by the public's desire to access these areas for recreation. These actions include establishing gates to control traffic, designation of trails and canoe carries, and administrative study of appropriate structures and improvements for the future use and protection of the area.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Department will be accepting comments on the Draft UMP until July 25, 2014. Comments can be sent to:

Josh Clague, Natural Resources Planner
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4254
lfadk@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Download the Draft UMP

Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex Draft Unit Management Plan - PDF (8.94 MB) - This is a large document and may be slow to download. As an alternative you may download specific sections using the links below.

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