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Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan

The Taylor Valley Unit consists of six separate state lands located between the Otselic and Tioughnioga Rivers in the Cortland County towns of Cuyler, Cincinnatus, Cortlandville, Freetown, Solon, Taylor, Truxton, and Virgil. The Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan (UMP) guides management of Taylor Valley, Donahue Woods, Baker School House, Hoxie Gorge, and Gee Brook State Forests and Papish Pond Multiple Use Area.

The lands managed as part of this UMP are becoming more popular to visitors. Recreation areas and trail systems include 20.3 miles of snowmobile trails, 11.1 miles of Finger Lakes Hiking Trails, 0.9 mile of accessible ATV trails, and a day use area with a pavilion, picnic tables, and barbeque pits. There are also numerous fishing, hunting, trapping, informal camping, and nature watching opportunities.

Water resources on the unit include five DEC-regulated wetlands covering 441 acres, 23 miles of class C or higher streams, and three ponds totaling 64 acres. A diverse array of wildlife is present, including 123 bird species, approximately 36 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 52 species of mammals. Forest and cover types include native hardwood forests, conifer plantations, mixed stands of native conifers and hardwoods, and native conifers. Roads and open fields are also found on the forests that comprise the unit.

Actions outlined in the unit management plan for the forests include:

  • Constructing and maintaining 5.3 miles of new Finger Lakes Hiking Trail (a majority of work to be completed through a Volunteer Stewardship Agreement with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference (leaves DEC website)
  • Constructing and maintaining 0.5 miles of new accessible recreation ATV routes for people who hold a DEC issued Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities permit
  • Upgrading two drive-up campsites to provide access to people with mobility impairments
  • Designating four undeveloped walk-in campsites
  • Constructing one lean-to
  • Reducing the number of designated drive-up campsites from 12 to 7
  • Maintaining Papish Pond by addressing the Class C- High Hazard dam designation of the dam.

Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan

Taylor Valley Unit Management Plan (PDF)

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