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For Release: Monday, June 19, 2017

DEC Seeking Public Input on St. Lawrence Foothills Draft Unit Management Plan

Open House on July 25th, Potsdam, NY

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is requesting public input on a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for St. Lawrence Foothills. "St. Lawrence Foothills features more than 16-thousand acres of public land in central St. Lawrence County. The public should read the UMP and also attend the open house to learn more about what we are going to do to upgrade recreational opportunities," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

The draft UMP calls for a new foot bridge across the Grass River in Downerville State Forest, installation of new parking areas, informational kiosks, recreational trails, and lean-to's, and rehabilitation of an existing horse trail system on Whippoorwill Corners State Forest. The draft UMP also includes plans for upgrading canoe launches, campsites and public forest access forest roads throughout the unit. St. Lawrence Foothills includes thirteen state forests, including: Catherineville, Crary Mills, Degrasse, Downerville, Glenmeal, High Flats, Orebed Creek, Silver Hill, Snow Bowl, Taylor Creek, West Parishville, Whippoorwill Corners, and Whiskey Flats; and the towns of Colton, Hopkinton, Parishville, Potsdam, Pierrepont, and Russell.

The draft St. Lawrence Foothills UMP documents are available on the DEC website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (315) 265-3090. All comments must be received by August 25, 2017.

DEC will accept public input on the draft UMP at an open house on July 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the following location:

Potsdam Central High School Auditorium
29 Leroy St
Potsdam, NY 13676

The first half hour of the evening will be an open session to talk with DEC and will be followed by a brief presentation on the draft UMP at 6:30pm. Comments will be collected during and after the presentation.

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Tony Sparacino, Forester
NYS DEC
6739 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676
Email: r6.ump@dec.ny.gov

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