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Leatherstocking Management Unit

The Leatherstocking Management Unit is located in the Towns of Edmeston, Hartwick, Plainfield, Richfield, Exeter, Burlington, Otsego and New Lisbon, all of which are in Otsego County. The unit lies south of NYS Route 20, west of NYS Route 28 and 205, and is east of the Unadilla River and north of Gilbert Lake State Park.

Five State Forests comprise the unit they are: Hartwick, Exeter, Basswood Pond, Plainfield, and Texas School House and total of 6558 acres.

The name "Leatherstocking Unit" was inspired by the area's historical link to author James Fenimore Cooper, and his famous "Leatherstocking Tales" which were set in the pristine wilderness of early Otsego County.

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Leatherstocking Unit Management Plan (PDF, 80 KB)

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