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For Release: Monday, February 23, 2015

DEC Seeks Public Input on Draft Management Plan for 17 Cattaraugus County State Forests

Open House Scheduled for March 12; Public Comment Period Ends March 27

A Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 17 state forests located in Cattaraugus County is now available for public review, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The public is invited to submit input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Cattaraugus County and help to ensure healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

The Cattaraugus Unit State Forests include 30,118 acres of forest lands in the towns of Allegany, Carrollton, Farmersville, Franklinville, Great Valley, Humphrey, Little Valley, Lyndon, Machias, Mansfield, Napoli, New Albion, Randolph, Salamanca, and South Valley. Seventeen state forest properties are included in the Unit: Bush Hill, Farmersville, Bear Creek, Boyce Hill, Bryant Hill, Golden Hill, Raecher Hill, Nine Mile Creek, Wind Fall Creek, Rock City, McCarty Hill, Cattaraugus, Harry E. Dobbins Memorial (Dobbins Memorial), Elkdale, Bucktooth, Pine Hill, and South Valley.

People can view the Draft Cattaraugus UMP documents on DEC's website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (716) 372-0645.

DEC will also accept public input on the draft UMP at an open house on March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the following location:

NYS DEC Allegany Office
182 E. Union, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706

DEC staff will be available at this session to provide information about the Cattaraugus State Forests Unit and its history, ecology and current uses, which include forest product sales and recreational use, and discuss ideas about long-term forest management.

In addition to the open house, public comments on the Cattaraugus Unit Draft UMP can be submitted by mail or email to:

David Paradowski
182 E. Union, Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
Email: r9.ump@dec.ny.gov

All comments must be received by March 27, 2015. DEC will review these comments as it finalizes a UMP for the Cattaraugus State Forests Unit.

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