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For Release: Monday, April 2, 2018

DEC Seeks Public Input on Development of Draft Management Plan for Erie and Cattaraugus State Lands

Pre-Draft Meeting Scheduled April 12; Public Comment Period Ends May 24

An opportunity for public comments on the development of a Draft Niagara Frontier Unit Management Plan (UMP) for state lands in Erie and Cattaraugus counties is available today, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. The public is invited to submit comments before the draft plan is developed that will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Erie and Cattaraugus counties and provide for healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

The Niagara Frontier Unit includes approximately 4,500 acres of forest land in the towns of Newstead, Collins, Persia, Otto, and East Otto. Onondaga Escarpment Unique Area, East Otto State Forest and Zoar Valley Multiple Use and Unique Area are included in the Niagara Frontier Unit.

The pre-draft meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12, at the Gowanda Fire Hall at 230 Aldrich St.; Gowanda, NY 14070 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This meeting is designed to help establish short and long-range goals and objectives for management of these lands. In addition to the meeting, public comments can be submitted by email and mail to:

Ricky Silvestro
182 E. Union Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706

All comments must be received by Thursday, May 24, 2018. There will be another opportunity for public comment, when the draft plan is presented to the public.

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