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For Release: Friday, April 22, 2016

DEC Seeks Public Input on the Long Pond Unit Management Plan

Public Meeting and Field Tour Scheduled on May 7, 2016 at Long Pond State Forest, Town of Smithville, Chenango County

A public field tour to discuss the Draft Long Pond Unit Management Plan (UMP) will be held on Saturday May 7, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Long Pond State Forest, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The field tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a meeting at the public boat launch located near the west end of Long Pond on NYS Route 41, in the Town of Smithville, Chenango County, NY.

The UMP covers 4,066 acres on three state properties; Long Pond State Forest, Triangle State Forest and Nanticoke Lake Multiple Use Area, in Broome and Chenango counties. DEC developed the Draft UMP to address management activities on these state properties. 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 access and environmental education.

"This field tour provides a unique opportunity for the public to discuss and comment on the proposed forest management strategies while visiting the actual sites where they will be conducted," DEC Region 7 Acting Director, Joe Sluzar said. "The Long Pond UMP advances the sustainable management of three valuable public properties that offer great outdoor recreational opportunities for all people in the region, which will ensure the long term integrity of this incredible ecosystem."

The state lands covered by the proposed plan currently offer many recreational opportunities including: Nature observation, fishing, hunting, trapping, boating, snowmobiling, and camping. New or major changes to existing recreational facilities and opportunities proposed in the plan include:

  • The construction of a parking area on Reed Road with access trail to Nanticoke Lake.
  • The construction of a parking area on Round Pond Road with access trail to Round Pond.
  • The construction of accessible fishing platforms on Round Pond & Nanticoke Lake.
  • The installation of an accessible dock at the Long Pond boat launch facility.

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 field tour on May 7 to express their ideas and opinions about the plan. The public field tour will begin with a general meeting (at the boat launch site), which will allow the public to meet informally with DEC staff, discuss their concerns and provide written comments. Beginning at approximately 1:30 p.m. the group will visit several specific sites on the Long Pond State Forest and discuss the management of grasslands, camp sites, ponds (Long Pond, Round Pond, & Nanticoke Lake), public access, cultural sites, recreational facilities, wildlife, fisheries, & forest management. Throughout the tour, specific sections of the Draft Long Pond UMP will be discussed. Comments and discussions will be welcomed on site until 4:00 p.m.

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments by mail to: DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, 2715 Route 80, Sherburne, NY 13460 or by email to: Comments on the plan will be accepted until July 6, 2016.

A copy of the UMP is posted on the DEC's website at (to be determined next week when posted) 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, 2715 Route 80, Sherburne

Copies are available in digital format on compact discs from the Sherburne office and may be requested by calling (607)674-4036 ext. 603. Information on the individual forests included in the plan can be found on the DEC website.

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