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For Release: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

DEC now accepting public comments on the Hemlock-Canadice Draft Unit Management Plan through April 15

Public Meeting Scheduled for March 14

The draft unit management plan (UMP) for the Hemlock-Canadice State Forest is now available for public review and comment, Paul D'Amato, Regional Director of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, announced today.

A public meeting to discuss the plan will take place on March 14 at the Springwater Fire Hall, located at 8145 South Main St. in Springwater. An informational open house will open at 6:30 p.m. with display stations and committee members available to discuss the draft plan. Promptly at 7:00 p.m. a short presentation on the draft plan will begin, followed by a public comment session.

In 2010, DEC in acquired this parcel of land, which is located in Livingston and Ontario counties. The Hemlock-Canadice Unit Management Plan is a ten-year plan for the multiple use of about 6,684 acres of state forest. Management will be considered over a broad geographical area, not only to ensure the biological diversity and protection of the ecosystem but also to optimize the many benefits to the public that these lands provide, including the protection of the public drinking water for the City of Rochester and other communities.

Benefits, such as fine water quality, a diverse and healthy wildlife population and recreational enjoyment, are ensured by selectively varying the types and growth stages of tree stands within this unit, maintaining and creating grasslands, and enhancing wetland areas. The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, and an inventory of the unit's resources, such as vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives along with policy considerations for managing the unit.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft UMP plan. It is available for review online at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68822.html or at the following document repositories:

  • Wayland Library 101 W. Naples St., Wayland
  • Livonia Library 2 Washington St., Livonia
  • Honeoye Library 8704 Main St., Honeoye
  • DEC, 6274 Avon-Lima Rd., Avon
  • DEC, 7291 Coon Rd., Bath

Comments on the plan will be accepted until April 15. Written comments may be sent to r8.ump@dec.ny.gov or NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810.

The Fire Hall is accessible; for additional accommodations please contact the DEC Bath office.

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