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For Release: Thursday, June 8, 2017

DEC Releases Draft Recreation Management Plan to Improve Access on 3,900 Acres of Cedarlands Conservation Easement Lands

Public Comments on Draft Plan Accepted through July 14 and Public Meeting in Long Lake on June 22

The draft Cedarlands Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP) was released today for public review and comment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced.

"The draft Recreation Management Plan outlines a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all abilities on the Cedarlands Conservation Easement," said Director Stegemann. "Governor Andrew Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos are committed to encouraging people to enjoy New York's outstanding natural resources and the RMP for the Cedarlands advances that commitment. DEC worked cooperatively with private landowners and land managers to develop public access on these lands, while protecting natural resources and retaining timber management jobs."

The 4,865-acre Cedarlands CEL is located in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County in the central Adirondacks. The conservation easement divides the property into four areas, each of which has different restrictions. The conservation easement provides for some public recreation rights on the 3,309-acre McRorie Lake Area for 10 months (between August 24 and June 23), and year-round on the 592-acre Mud Pond Area. The 674-acre Long Lake Area and the 289-acre Base Camp Area are not available for public use.

A public meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 22, at the town of Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more on the proposed management actions in the draft RMP and to comment on the proposals. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodations to 518-897-1361 at least one week in advance.

The fee owner of the Cedarlands property is the Leatherstocking Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Central features of the property are 397-acre McRorie Lake (previously known as Rock Pond), 64-acre Mud Pond, Rock Pond Mountain, and Mud Pond Mountain. McRorie Lake contains smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullheads, and panfish. Mud Pond contains largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and panfish. The majority of the property is forested with northern hardwoods and mixed hardwood/softwood forest types.

DEC developed the draft RMP to facilitate and manage public recreational use of the easement lands and complies with the terms and conditions of the easement. DEC consulted with the landowner and its forest management consulting firm to develop the proposed plan.

Proposals in the draft RMP provide for improved access for persons with disabilities, including accessible parking, canoe carry trails, and water access sites on Mud Pond and McRorie Lake. Also other accessible trails, accessible campsites, and motor vehicle access for people with disabilities through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities.

Other management actions proposed in the RMP include:

  • Constructing four tent sites (one accessible) and replace one lean-to in the McRorie Lake Area;
  • Constructing four tent sites (one accessible) in the Mud Pond Area;
  • Maintaining the current Mud Pond Mountain and Rock Pond Mountain Trails for hiking;
  • Constructing McRorie Lake Trail between the lake and Mud Pond Mountain Trail;
  • Extending Rock Pond Mountain Trail to the shore of McRorie Lake;
  • Constructing a "Perimeter Trail" on the shore McRorie Lake;
  • Allowing mountain bikes use on Fishing Camp Road, McRorie Lake Trail, and Perimeter Trail;
  • Allowing Perimeter Trail to be groomed by snowmobile with a drag (NOTE: Public snowmobile is not be allowed on the easement); and
  • Allowing ice fishing on McRorie Lake and Mud Pond.

DEC will accept comments on the draft RMP until Friday, July 14. The draft RMP is available for public review at DEC's Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook and at the Long Lake town office. Copies are available in electronic format for distribution on compact disc and may be requested by calling DEC at 518-897-1291. A limited number of printed copies are available, as well. The complete document is available on DEC's web site.

Written comments may be sent to Steve Guglielmi, Forester, NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977, or by email until Friday, July 14.

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