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For Release: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DEC to Prepare A Management Plan on Ten State Forests in Northern St. Lawrence County

Open House Meetings Scheduled to Gather Public Input; Public Comment Period Runs Through August 31

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Region 6 office is preparing a unit management plan (UMP) which will include ten state forests and seven detached forest preserve parcels in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, the agency announced today. This plan for the new St. Lawrence Flatlands management unit is a continuation of the former Brasher UMP which began several years ago.

The state forests included in the Unit are Brasher, Bombay, Buckton, Fort Jackson, Grantville, Knapp Station, Lost Nation, Raymondville, Sodom and Southville. The state forest lands total 30,810 acres and are located in the Franklin County towns of Bombay and Moira, and the St. Lawrence County towns of Brasher, Madrid, Norfolk and Stockholm. The unit also includes seven widely scattered parcels of detached forest preserve lands located in the towns of Lisbon, Louisville, Massena, Oswegatchie and Waddington in St. Lawrence County. These properties range in size from three to 350 acres.

There will be two open house meetings to discuss future management of state lands within the St. Lawrence Flatlands Unit. The meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the St. Lawrence Central High School Auditorium, 1039 State Highway 11C, Brasher Falls; and
  • Saturday, June 23, from 9 am until noon in the Madrid-Waddington Central School Auditorium, 2582 State Highway 345, Madrid.

During the first hour of each session, the public will have the opportunity to meet individually with DEC staff in an informal setting. This will be followed by a presentation about the unit and conclude with a chance to make oral comments in front of the group regarding the management of this unit.

The purpose of the meetings 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.

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 St. Lawrence Flatlands UMP. The UMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

Any person or group who would like to mail input or comments on the future management of this unit can contact Senior Forester Aaron Graves at NYSDEC, 6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY, 13676, or send an e-mail to Region 6 UMP . For questions or additional information call (315) 265-3090. Public comments must be received by August 31, 2012 to be incorporated into the draft UMP.

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