DEC Releases Draft Access and Public Use Plan for Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area
Public Comments Accepted Until March 2, 2022
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released draft Access and Public Use Plans (APUPs) for Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The draft plans are available for public comment until March 2, 2022.
Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is comprised of 4,560 acres in Allegany County, north of the village of Cuba. The area contains rolling hills, forest land, fields, and marshes, and is named for the large man-made bog on the property that was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930s. Hanging Bog WMA has a long history of small game management and remains a focus area for ruffed grouse management in New York State.
In conjunction with WMA regulations, APUPs serve as overarching guidance for providing public access to wildlife lands and determining public use activities appropriate for each area.
The draft APUPs for Hanging Bog WMA complement existing Habitat Management Plans (HMP) for the site and address management objectives for wildlife-dependent recreation, access features, and facility maintenance. Together, these plans form a comprehensive management plan for the WMAs and guide management for wildlife and public access over a 10-year time period, after which DEC will assess conditions and needs and update the plan as needed.
The draft plan for Hanging Bog is available on DEC's website. The public is encouraged to submit comments from Feb. 2, to March 2, 2022. Comments can be sent to NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, Region 9, 182 East Union Street, Suite 3, Allegany, NY, 14706 or by email to dec.sm.Wildlife.R9@dec.ny.gov with the subject line - Hanging Bog WMA draft APUP.