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For Release: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DEC Issues Draft Recreation Management Plan for Oswegatchie Conservation Easement

Public Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement is now available for public review and comment, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The Oswegatchie Conservation Easement encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park. The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. The Oswegatchie Conservation is primarily accessed from Bald Mountain Road, leading north from Long Pond Road in the Town of Croghan.

The draft RMP proposes recreational opportunities on the conservation easement including:

  • Access to hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities
  • Designation of parking areas and campsites
  • Designation of snowmobile trails and the construction of alternative routes to be used during logging operations
  • Construction of short hiking trails
  • Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities access to the western portion of the property

DEC will accept public input on the draft RMP at a public meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the following location:

NYSDEC Lowville Office
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail or email. All comments must be received by February 1, 2017:

Matthew Nowak
Sr. Natural Resources Planner
NYSDEC
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367

You can download the RMP and the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement off the DEC website. Copies of the RMP 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 Lowville 315-376-3521.

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