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Northern Finger Lakes Unit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has started the development process of the Northern Finger Lakes Unit Management Plan (UMP).

Map showing Northern Finger Lakes Region

Properties in this UMP are located in five counties--Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca and Yates. They include: Four Unique Areas - Bare Hill, Junius Ponds, Rush Oak Openings and Squaw Island; three Wildlife Management Areas - Honeoye Creek, Honeoye Inlet and Willard; one Multiple Use Area - Stid Hill; and the DEC Region 8 Avon Headquarters Office, see links in right column.

The purpose of a unit management plan is twofold: 1) to define management goals and objectives for state land and, 2) to prepare a ten-year plan of action to achieve those objectives. Public involvement is an important component to the UMP process.

The plan has not yet been written, and your input will assist us in assembling it. We invite you to provide us with your comments or concerns regarding the management of any of the DEC properties included in the UMP. Your comments may be general or specific and will be accepted at any time throughout the process.

Comments, concerns or suggestions may be emailed to Region 8 UMP email box or mailed to the Bath Sub-office: NYS DEC, State Land Management 7291 Coon Rd, Bath NY 14810.

Once the draft plan is completed, the public will be invited to review it and attend a public meeting to share your views on the Draft UMP. Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, DEC Commissioner's directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. All questions and/or comments will be included in the final UMP.