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For Release: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DEC Issues Draft Management Plans for the Grass River Wild Forest and Adjacent Grass River and Tooley Pond Conservation Easements

Public Meeting on October 3 in Colton, NY

A draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Grass River Wild Forest, and draft Recreation Management Plans (RMPs) for the Grass River Conservation Easement and the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement were released September 14th by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for public review and comment.

"The proposals in these draft plans will improve recreational opportunities and expand access to the lands and waters in the unit for people of all ages and abilities," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director. "The proposals will protect the natural environment of the Adirondacks and provide economic benefits to the surrounding communities. These plans are being released together because they share many miles of boundaries and are connected by trails, roads, and three branches of the Grass River that provide diverse, interconnected recreational opportunities."

The Grass River Wild Forest encompasses approximately 14-thousand acres of Forest Preserve lands distributed across several scattered parcels in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park in the towns of Clare, Clifton, Colton and Fine in St. Lawrence County. The Tooley Pond Conservation Easement encompasses 23,946 acres and the Grass River Conservation Easement 51,950 acres in the same towns. The lands are bounded on the east by State Highway 56, on the south by State Highway 3 and the Oswegatchie River, and the west and north by the Adirondack Park boundary. The RMPs will address enhanced recreational opportunities for both conservation easements.

DEC will accept public input on the draft UMP and RMPs at a public meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the following location:

Colton - Pierrepont Central School Auditorium
4921 NY-56
Colton, NY 13625

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail or email at the following address:

Aaron Graves, DEC Forester
6739 US Highway 11
Potsdam, NY 13676

All comments must be received by November 14, 2016.

The UMP is available to view or download on the DEC website.

Information for the following areas are available on the DEC website:

Copies of the UMP and RMPs are also available on CD and can be requested by e-mail or from the DEC Region 6 offices in Watertown 315-785-2263 and Potsdam 315-265-3090.

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