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For Release: Thursday, June 14, 2018

DEC Seeking Public Input to Improve Recreational Opportunities in Boreal South Management Unit

Scoping Meeting Scheduled for June 28 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public input to improve recreational opportunities and natural resource protection in the Boreal South Management Unit and to inform DEC's development of a management plan for the unit, Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced today.

Located in the southeastern foothills of the Adirondacks, the Boreal South Management Unit consists of six State Forest units totaling 4,096 acres in Warren and Saratoga counties.

"DEC is seeking public input to help identify recreational opportunities and ways to continue to protect the natural resources in these State Forests," said Director Stegemann. "Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Seggos are committed to encouraging people to enjoy New York's outstanding natural resources and public input on the Boreal South Management Unit advances that commitment."

A scoping meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 28, at the Saratoga Springs Public library, 49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY, in the H. Dutcher Community Room. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to share input on future recreational uses, present and future issues, and other ideas to be incorporated into the Unit Management Plan as it is developed. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Attendees are asked to provide requests for specific accommodations to 518-623-1270 at least one week in advance.

Five of the State Forest units are located in Saratoga County, and one is in Warren County:

Lincoln Mountain State Forest: The 1219-acre Lincoln Mountain State Forest in the town of Greenfield has no marked hiking trails. Several old, unmarked logging roads on the property are open to hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. In addition, a "truck trail" classified for motor vehicle use connects with Cohen Road and crosses state land for about one mile toward the southern boundary. High clearance four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended on this trail. Lincoln Mountain State Forest also offers hunting and trapping opportunities during appropriate seasons.

Daketown State Forest: The 505-acre Daketown State Forest in the town of Greenfield offers multiple use trails throughout the property that allow for hiking and mountain biking. The property showcases a variety of tree species, as well as several large, rustic foundations and property walls. At-large primitive camping is allowed, however, campsites must be at least 150 feet from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Middle Grove State Forest: The 573-acre Middle Grove State Forest has no designated or marked trails. However, there are several former, unmaintained logging roads. These roads are open to multiple recreational uses, including hiking, biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and horseback riding. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be 150 feet away from a water body, road, or trail. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Lake Desolation State Forest: The 610-acre Lake Desolation State Forest in the town of Greenfield is tucked in a scenic area surrounded by glacial lakes and wetlands. The area has a rich local history in war, artisan work, and technology, which is highlighted in the designated State Historic Site of the "Granger Glass Factory." The forest has undesignated trails that are ideal for hiking or walking. These trails lead to both the Granger Glass Factory and various wetlands. There is an abundance of wildlife to observe while enjoying non-motorized recreation in the forest. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Usher's Road State Forest: The 121-acre Ushers Road State Forest in the towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon features two, multi-use trails open to non-motorized recreation. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Daniels Road State Forest: The 524-acre Daniels Road State Forest in the town of Greenfield features designated mountain bike trails maintained by the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association. The trails range from easy to extremely difficult. Hiking is allowed throughout the property along with at-large primitive camping. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Ralph Road State Forest: The 544-acre Ralph Road State Forest is in the town of Lake Luzerne, Warren County. There are no designated or marked trails. However, this forest has unmaintained former logging roads suitable for non-motorized recreation, as well as several beaver ponds. At-large primitive camping is allowed. Campsites must be at least 150 feet away from the nearest road, trail, or body of water. Hunting and trapping are allowed during appropriate seasons.

Public comment can be provided at the public meeting or directly to Senior Forester Rich McDermott by mail, email or phone: NYSDEC, 232 Golf Course Rd, Warrensburg, NY 12885; email; or 518-623-1270.

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