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Southern Staten Island

The Southern Staten Island Unit Management Plan (SSIUMP) addresses five separate parcels: Mount Loretto Unique Area, Lemon Creek, Bloesser's Pond, Arden Heights Woods, and North Mount Loretto State Forest.

Collectively, these properties total 359 acres of open space, and include forest, grassland, freshwater wetland, tidal wetland and coastal marine habitats. Since their acquisition, these sites have been managed to provide a blend of public access and natural resource preservation. The draft UMP establishes our management goals and strategies for the next ten years, and provides for a mid-term review after five years. Already we are anticipating updates to the plan to address as yet unidentified needs for our newest parcel, North Mount Loretto State Forest.

The draft UMP is now available for review on the DEC public website, at the DEC regional office in Long Island City, and at the DEC headquarters in Albany. Please note that due to the large file sizes, some figures are not viewable on the website. A CD of the full plan may be requested from the Long Island City office. See contact information below.

A formal public comment period will run from April 15, 2009 to May 30, 2009. During this time period, a public meeting will be held on April 15, 2009, at the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) on the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin campus, 6581 Hylan Boulevard. The public is encouraged to attend to ask questions of staff and to submit written and oral comments about the draft plan.

Southern Staten Island Draft UMP (PDF, 1.25 MB) (Due to large file sizes, some figures are not viewable on the website.)

Written comments and requests for additional information may be directed to:
Jeffrey Speich, Supervising Forester
NYSDEC Lands and Forests
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5401
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