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St. Lawrence Foothills Management Unit

St. Lawrence Foothills includes thirteen state forests, including: Catherineville, Crary Mills, Degrasse, Downerville, Glenmeal, High Flats, Orebed Creek, Silver Hill, Snow Bowl, Taylor Creek, West Parishville, Whippoorwill Corners, and Whiskey Flats; and the towns of Colton, Hopkinton, Parishville, Potsdam, Pierrepont, and Russell.

How to Provide Input into the Management of this Unit

DEC will accept public input on the draft UMP at an open house on July 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the following location:

Potsdam Central High School Auditorium
29 Leroy St
Potsdam, NY 13676

The first half hour of the evening will be an open session to talk with DEC and will be followed by a brief presentation on the draft UMP at 6:30 pm. Comments will be collected during and after the presentation. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information to attendees about the Unit, discuss its past history and use, current ecology and current public uses such as forest management practices and recreational uses, and to exchange ideas with the public about. DEC is seeking the public's input in helping to establish short and long-range goals and objectives for management of these lands within the St. Lawrence Foothills Unit.

Public input gathered at this meeting, along with feedback received by other means including data collected during forest inventories, data and information from past management activities and recreational use data will be used to develop the St. Lawrence Foothills UMP. The UMP will guide management actions for the Unit to help achieve the goals of providing healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Tony Sparacino, Forester
6739 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY 13676

All comments must be received by August 25, 2017.

The draft St. Lawrence Foothills UMP documents are available below. Documents are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (315) 265-3090.

St. Lawrence Foothills UMP (PDF 4.1 MB)

Map Documents

The following properties are included in this unit:

Plumb Brook in Winter

The St. Lawrence Foothills Unit spans two very different eco-regions. The northern portion of the unit is located in the broad St. Lawrence - Champlain Valley eco-region which drains into the St. Lawrence River. The topography is very flat with large wetland complexes spread across the landscape. The southernmost portion of the unit falls within the Northern Appalachian - Acadian eco-region, which contains more mountainous topography and boreal vegetation such as balsam fir and red spruce.

The State Forests in this unit are managed for a variety of uses including timber management, watershed protection, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

This unit is distinguished by its wetlands, softwood plantations and public usage. Water resources such as open and shrub wetlands, as well as trout streams such as the Grass River and Plumb Brook, provide ecological diversity as well as significant wildlife habitat. Softwood plantings begun by the Civilian Conservation Corps over 70 years ago are evidenced by the 3,000 plus acres of quality pine, spruce, and larch that are now present. These plantations together with mixed natural forests, have long been an active source of products for the timber industry. The size of this unit, diversity of habitat and accessibility provide for exceptional recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and snowmobiling.

The unit contains snowmobile trails in addition to some designated New York State Snowmobile Corridor Trails.