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ENB - Region 7 Notices 7/17/2019

Public Comment Period

Draft McDonough Unit Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is seeking public input for the Draft McDonough Unit Management Plan (Draft UMP). The 13,229 acre Unit includes McDonough, Ludlow Creek and Genegantslet State Forests.

Significant management proposals in the Draft UMP include:

  • the construction of eight new parking areas;
  • establishment of two routes accessible to people with mobility impairments, totaling 1.5 miles;
  • installation of five new gates to prevent illegal motor vehicle access;
  • the harvest 321 acres of timber each year;
  • removal of interfering vegetation using herbicides;
  • establishment of a 0.2 mile accessible recreational trail to the Ludlow Creek lean-to; and
  • the installation of two new kiosks.

The Draft UMP will cover 3 State forests in the Town of McDonough, Preston and Smithville, Chenango County, New York.

Written comments on the Draft UMP are welcome and will be accepted by mail or e-mail by the contact person until August 15, 2019. The Draft UMP is posted on the NYS DEC website at:

Contact: Gregory Owens, NYS DEC - Region 7 Sherburne Sub Office, Division of Lands and Forests, 2715 State Route 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, Phone: (607) 674-4017 extension 638, E-mail:

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