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For Release: Friday, February 10, 2012

DEC to Hold Open House on Four State Forests; Input Will Be Used to Create Rockefeller Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 7 (covering central New York) will hold an Open House on Thursday, February 23, to discuss future management of state forest lands within the Rockefeller Unit.

State forests in the Unit are Beaver Dam, Grigg's Gulf, Michigan Hill and Turkey Hill State Forests. The Rockefeller Unit consists of 5,785 acres of state lands within Broome, Cortland and Tioga counties and includes lands in the towns of Lisle, Harford, LaPeer and Richford

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the Unit, discuss its history, ecology and current uses, such as forest product sales and recreational use, and to exchange ideas about long-term forest management. DEC is seeking the public's input in helping establish a long-range vision and goals for management of these lands.

The open house will be held in DEC's Cortland office building, which is located at 1285 Fisher Avenue. There will be three open house sessions: 10:00 am to noon, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If the Cortland School District is closed (day and/or evening activities) for adverse weather conditions (check local TV and radio stations), the meeting will be held Thursday, March 1, 2012.

The open house will allow the public to interact with DEC staff and view displays in an informal setting. There will not be a formal presentation or group question and answer period. Rather instead there will be displays, which people can view at their leisure, and staff will be available to have a dialogue with members of the public. The public is encouraged to raise questions, share comments about use and management of the unit and learn more about the unit management planning process.

Public input gathered at the open house, along with input received by mail and email, data collected during forest inventories, and other sources of data and information will be used to develop the Rockefeller Unit Management Plan (UMP). The UMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

For additional information about the open house contact Henry C. Dedrick Jr. at (607) 753-3095 or email:

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