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Fulton County State Forests Unit Management Plan

DEC has released the final unit management plan (UMP) for 5,850 acres of State Forest lands in Fulton County. This management unit includes Lassellsville State Forest in the towns of Ephratah and Oppenheim; Peck Hill State Forest in the town of Johnstown; and Rockwood State Forest in the towns of Ephratah and Johnstown.

Natural features in the Fulton County State Forests include Timmerman Creek, Rockwood Lake, and Willie Wildlife Marsh. The primary recreational uses are hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, and bird and wildlife watching. The snowmobile trails on Lassellsville and Peck Hill State Forests and the cross-country ski trails on Rockwood State Forest are used regularly.

The final UMP promotes outdoor recreation, connects communities to New York's magnificent outdoor resources, and also ensures the productive use and preservation of working forests. Further, the plan advances DEC's commitment to creating additional outdoor recreational opportunities and protecting and enhancing our state's natural resources, to the benefit of the local and regional economy.

Projects included in the 2019 Final Management Plan:

  • The installation of a steel locking gate on the south side of Rockwood State Forest to prohibit public motor vehicle access by the general public while allowing individuals with a Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities permit to access a designated route;
  • Additional locking steel gates to prevent illegal motor vehicle access on Peck Hill and Lassellsville State Forests;
  • The installation of a privy in Rockwood State Forest to accommodate campers at the nearby primitive campsites;
  • The designation of a primitive campsite in Peck Hill State Forest near the County Rd 101 trailhead;
  • The construction of single-track mountain bike trails in Peck Hill State Forest through a volunteer stewardship agreement with a local mountain bike club; and
  • Commercial timber harvests.

View or download the complete Final Unit Management Plan for the Fulton County State Forests (PDF)


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