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For Release: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DEC Seeks Public Input on the Rockefeller Unit Management Plan

Public Meeting Scheduled on April 1, 2015 in Dryden, Tompkins County

A public meeting to accept comments on the Draft Rockefeller Unit Management Plan (UMP) will be held on April 1, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Tompkins-Cortland Community College's (TC3), Student Center, in Dryden, NY, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The Student Center is located within the Main Building and Student Center on the TC3 campus.

The UMP covers 5,801 acres on four state forests in Broome, Cortland and Tioga counties. State Forests covered by the Rockefeller UMP include: Beaver Dam State Forest, Griggs Gulf State Forest, Michigan Hill State Forest and Turkey Hill State. The Draft UMP has been developed to address management activities on these state forests. It is the policy of the Department to manage State lands for multiple benefits to serve the people of New York State. The proposed UMP will help maintain healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse ecosystems for fish and wildlife while providing continued opportunities for forest product sales, recreational use and environmental education.

"This meeting provides an excellent opportunity for the public to comment on the future use and sustainable management of four large forests in the southern tier portion of the region," said DEC Region 7 Director, Kenneth Lynch. "Goals and objectives in the plan will be used for the next 10-15 years to manage these state forests, which offer great recreational opportunities for all people in the region."

The state lands covered by the proposed plan currently offer many recreational opportunities including: nature observation, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, informal horseback riding, camping and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) access for people with mobility impairments (a permit is required). New or major changes to existing recreational facilities and opportunities proposed in the plan include:

  • The construction of a parking area, located at the pheasant release area.
  • The installation of an informational kiosk.
  • The enhancement of wildlife-related recreation opportunities by using active and passive forest management strategies to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats.

The UMP also contains proposed maintenance projects for roads and boundary lines. A detailed schedule of other activities such as natural resource inventories, mowing, forest product sales, and survey requests are included in the UMP.

People are invited to come to the meeting to express their ideas and opinions about the plan. The public meeting will begin with an open house format, which will allow the public to meet informally with DEC staff, discuss their concerns and provide written comments. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., there will be a formal presentation by a state forester offering an overview of the UMP. This will be followed by an official public comment period beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments by mail to: DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045 or by email to: henry.dedrick@dec.ny.gov. Comments on the plan will be accepted until May 6, 2015.

A copy of the plan is posted on the DEC's website. The plan is also available, for public review, at the following locations:

  • DEC Region 7 Headquarters, 615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse
  • DEC Region 7 Sub-office, 1285 Fisher Ave., Cortland

Copies are available in digital format on compact discs from the Cortland office and may be requested by calling (607)753-3095 ext. 217. Information on the individual forests is available.

If TC3 is closed for adverse weather conditions, the meeting will take place on April 6, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Student Center. If the weather appears inclement, please check local TV and radio stations or the TC3's website (link leaves DEC's website.)

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