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Tug Hill East Unit Management Plan (UMP)

The Tug Hill East Unit Management Plan (UMP) is based on a long range vision for the management of Cottrell State Forest, East Branch of Fish Creek, East Osceola, Lesser Wilderness, Line Brook, Mohawk Springs Raywood Unique Area and Swancott Mill State Forest, balancing long-term ecosystem health with current and future demands. This Plan hopes to address management activities on this unit for the next ten years, though some management recommendations will extend beyond the ten-year period. The Tug Hill East Planning Team is comprised of natural resources professional including foresters, wildlife biologists, fisheries biologist and NYS Forest Rangers amongst others.

The team is looking for public participation from area residents and interested parties who have local knowledge of the Unit or a unique bond with the land. The team is inviting everyone to a Kick-Off planning meeting to share comments, concerns and knowledge of the Unit. The meeting will be held on:

November 27, 2018 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Constableville Fire Hall
3000 Main St, Constableville, NY 13325

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail to Andrea Mercurio, State Lands Forester or Michael Giocondo, Conservation Easement Forester, NYS DEC, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, New York 13367, or by email to R6.UMP@dec.ny.gov. Comments will be received until January 15, 2019. DEC will review these comments as it develops the draft Unit Management Plan.

Tug Hill East Map (PDF 1.87 MB)

The Tug Hill East Unit is 20,322 acres located in Towns of Osceola, Lewis, Turin, West Turin and Martinsburg County of Lewis. The Unit is a patchwork of State Forest lands with many private landowners as neighbors along with Conservation Easements and State Parks. The Unit has over 4,000 acres of wetlands, 65 miles of classified streams and 27 miles of roads and recreational trails. The Unit Management Plan will ensure these State Lands will be managed in a sustainable manner by promoting ecosystem health, enhancing landscape biodiversity, protecting soil productivity and water quality.

State Forests within the Tug Hill East Unit:

Conservation Easement Lands within the Tug Hill East Unit: