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Six Nations Unit Management Plan

Map of Steuben County

The Six Nations Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for approximately 21,724 acres of State Forest land in Schuyler and Steuben Counties. It is comprised of ten state forests: Goundry Hill, Sugar Hill and Coon Hollow in Schuyler County; South Bradford, West Hill, Meads Creek, Beaver Dams, Dry Run, and Erwin Hollow in Steuben County; and Cinnamon Lake State Forest in both counties. Links to the web pages for the individual state forests are located on the right side of this page.

Viewing the Plan

A PDF of the final Six Nations Unit Management Plan can be downloaded at the bottom of this web page, or the pdf is available on a CD, or a limited number of hard copies are available at the Bath NYS DEC office, located at 7291 Coon Rd, Bath, NY. In addition two public libraries have copies available, one at the Watkins Glen Library, located at 610 S Decatur St., the other at the Southeast Steuben (aka Corning) Library, located at 300 Nasser Civic Center.

Information on the Plan

The unit management plan provides general information on the unit's history, an inventory of resources, summary of identified issues, policy and law considerations for managing the unit, and describes the goals, objectives and actions. Topics covered include; geography, climate, taxes, timber and vegetation management, fish and wildlife habitat, public recreation and use, roads and trails, wetlands and water resources, minerals resources, facilities management, archeological and historic resources, and land acquisition.


The vision of this plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Six Nations Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. Management will be considered over a broad geographical area, not only to ensure the biological diversity and protection of the ecosystem, but also to optimize the many benefits to the public that these lands provide.

The legal mandate enabling the Department of Environmental Conservation to manage state forests for multiple use is located in Article 9, Title 5, of the Environmental Conservation Law. Under this law, state forest lands shall be forever devoted to "reforestation and the establishment and maintenance thereon of forests for watershed protection, the production of timber, and for recreation and kindred purposes".

Goals, Objectives and Actions

The goals, objectives and actions for managing the unit are located in the Goals and Objectives chapter of the plan.

View of Spencer Pond through the trees over top of a picnic table.
Spencer Pond on Sugar Hill State Forest

Some of the goals of the plan include:

  • watershed protection is one of the most basic goals of the state forest system;
  • maintain the units roads, trails, parking lots, etc so as to support the management of the Units natural resources and provide for public use of the area;
  • maintain a balance of vegetative types and vegetative stages, the purpose of which is to enhance species diversity and abundance;
  • maintain and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife species;
  • "Connect New Yorkers to Nature" by providing suitable opportunities for the public enjoyment of compatible recreational pursuits in a natural setting;
  • review of the decision process to approve or not approve extraction of mineral resources and the regulation of actions on and below the surface as part of the extraction of mineral resources;
  • criteria for purchase of land parcels if they are available from willing sellers, and funding is available;
  • maintain the facilities on the unit to ensure its integrity, character, and safety;
  • preservation of historical and archeological resources.

Public Comment

First Mailing and Public Scoping Meeting

Six Nations Unit Management Plan's citizen participation activities started with an initial mailing on December 15, 2008 and public meeting on January 22, 2009 held at the Bath Sub-Office, to gather any comments or concerns regarding the management of the Six Nations Unit. The revised plan had not yet been drafted. The public comments received from the initial mailing and meeting are listed in Appendix A of the plan, with a summary of the comments received located in the Summary of Identified Issues section.

Second Mailing and Public Informational Meeting

Upon completion of the draft Six Nations Unit Management Plan, a fact sheet was mailed or emailed on July 5, 2013 to those an updated mailing list, including the media, summarizing objectives of the draft plan, listing the Southeast Steuben (Corning) and Watkins Glen Libraries as document repositories and announcing the second public meeting. Copies of the document were also available at the Bath and Avon NYS DEC offices, and this web page. A notice was also posted in the Environmental Notices Bulletin (ENB) prior to the meeting.

The second public meeting in the planning process was held August 7, 2012 at the Tyrone Firehall to present the draft plan and receive comments on it. Written comments were accepted until September 7, 2012. Following the end of the 30-day public comment period, any modifications based on public comment have been made, and a responsiveness summary is located in the Appendix A.

Final Notice

In November 2013, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved and adopted the Six Nations Unit Management Plan, replacing the 1998 version of the same plan. Commentators and those on the updated mailing list were mailed a notice of availability of the final plan. A notice was also posted in the Environmental Notices Bulletin (ENB). Comments have been weighed against law, regulations, Commissioner directives and other public comments before changes were made to the draft plan. Questions and/or comments made at the public meeting have been noted in Appendix A of the final plan.

Full Plan

Six Nations Unit Management Plan) (PDF) (296 pages, 17.5 MB)

Plan in Smaller Parts

Six Nations UMP (part 1) (PDF) (240 pages, 3.0 MB)
Six Nations UMP (part 2) (PDF) (14 pages, 4.0 MB)
Six Nations UMP (part 3) (PDF) (14 pages, 4.3 MB)
Six Nations UMP (part 4) (PDF) (13 pages, 3.6 MB)
Six Nations UMP (part 5) (PDF) (12 pages, 3.0 MB)