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Treaty Line Unit Management Plan

The Treaty Line Unit Management Plan (UMP) is the result of an ongoing cooperative management effort between DEC Region 4 and Region 7. The 2019 draft UMP is an update of the original 2001 UMP, and provides a continued framework for protecting watersheds and maintaining biological diversity within actively managed forests, while accommodating compatible public use.

The Treaty Line Unit consists of the Arctic-China, Barbour Brook, Beals Pond, Columbia Lake, Kerryville, Melondy Hill, Michigan Hill, Pine Hill, and Steam Mill State Forests. These State Forests comprise 19,186 acres of forestland in the towns of Afton, Deposit, Hancock, Masonville, Tompkins, and Sanford located within portions of Chenango, Delaware and Broome Counties.

The draft UMP was developed to guide management activities on these properties. These lands are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (leaves DEC website) and Forest Stewardship Council (leaves DEC website) and are managed for long-term ecological, social, and economic health.

Natural hardwood forests comprise more than 64 percent of the area on the unit, plantations occupy slightly less than 27 percent, and natural conifer stands cover approximately 6 percent. The small area remaining includes ponds, open wetlands, shrublands, and fields. Over 60 miles of streams flow throughout.

Forest Landscape Connectivity Corridors have been designated on 18,050 acres of the unit, while 16,390 acres are classified as Important Bird Areas (leaves DEC website) by the National Audubon Society. Two hundred and eight acres of High Conservation Value Forest provide drinking water source protection.

Existing recreational facilities include 28.1 miles of designated recreational trails, including three permanent lean-tos available for camping along the Finger Lakes Trail (leaves DEC website). An observation deck and nearby campsite are available on Beals Pond, with parking and an accessible recreation route.

The draft UMP proposes management actions on the unit for the next 20 years. It defines goals and objectives for conservation, timber production, and public recreation.

Proposed management includes:

The public is invited to comment on the draft UMP until Friday, November 1, 2019. To request more information and/or formally comment on the plan:

  • Attend a public meeting on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sidney Junior/Senior High School Auditorium, 95 West Main Street, Sidney, NY 13838.
  • Email with the subject line "Treaty Line UMP", call, or send by US Postal mail before November 1, 2019:

Jason Schoellig, Senior Forester
NYSDEC Region 7
2715 State Route 80
Sherburne, NY 13460
(607) 674-4017 ext. 607


Nathan Funk, Senior Forester
NYSDEC Region 4
65561 State Route 10
Stamford, NY 12167
(607) 652-3694.

Treaty Line Draft Unit Management Plan

Treaty Line Draft Unit Management Plan (PDF)

Treaty Line Draft Unit Management Plan Maps (PDF) (10 MB)

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