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Rockefeller Unit Management Plan

The Rockefeller Unit Management Plan (UMP) covers 5,801 acres on four state forests in Cortland and Tioga counties. State Forests covered by the Rockefeller UMP include: Michigan Hill State Forest, Griggs Gulf State Forest, Beaver Dam State Forest, and Turkey Hill State Forest. The Rockefeller Unit Management Plan addresses management activities on these State Forests through 2040, with an update planned for 2023.

It is the policy of the Department to manage State lands for multiple benefits to serve the people of New York State. The Rockefeller Unit Management Plan is consistent with the Strategic Plan for State Forest Management (SPSFM). All Objectives and Actions found in the Rockefeller Unit Management Plan fall under one or more of the State Forest Management Goals identified in the SPSFM. Management Objectives and Actions in the Rockefeller Unit Management Plan fall under five broad categories: Ecosystem Management, Resource Protection, Infrastructure and Real Property, Public/Permitted Use, and Forest Management and Health.

The Rockefeller Unit Management Plan will help maintain healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse ecosystems for fish and wildlife while providing continued opportunities for forest product sales, recreational use and environmental education.

The State lands covered by the proposed plan currently offer many recreational opportunities (mostly dispersed types) including: nature observation, fishing, hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, informal horseback riding, camping and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) access for people with mobility impairments (permit required). New or changes to existing recreational facilities and opportunities proposed in the plan include:

  • The construction of a parking area, located at the pheasant release area.
  • The installation of an informational kiosk.
  • The enhancement of wildlife-related recreation opportunities by using active and passive forest management strategies to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats.

Rockefeller Unit Management Plan

Rockefeller Final Unit Management Plan (PDF) (6.5 MB, 151 pages)

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