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For Release: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

DEC Asking for Public Input on Tug Hill East Unit Draft Management Plan and East Branch Fish Creek Easement RMP Update

Public Session Scheduled Nov. 27, 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for input on the development of the draft Tug Hill East Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the East Branch Fish Creek Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP). DEC is encouraging the public to share comments on the plans at a session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

"New York's tug hill region is truly an amazing resource providing important habitat and incredible recreational opportunities. We encourage local residents to join us on November 27th to learn about the current efforts underway to protect and steward this area and provide important public's input in helping to establish short- and long-range goals and objectives for the management of these lands," said Randy Young, Acting DEC Region 6 Director.

The 20,322-acre Tug Hill East Unit consists of State Forest lands in the towns of Osceola, Lewis, Turin, West Leyden, and Martinsburg in southeastern Lewis County. The unit includes Cottrell States Forest, East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest, East Osceola State Forest, Lesser Wilderness State Forest, Line Brook State Forest, Mohawk Springs State Forest, Raywood Unique Area, and Swancott Mill State Forest. The East Branch Fish Creek Easement consists of two tracts totaling 44,146 acres in the towns of Lewis, Martinsburg, Montague, Osceola, and West Turin.

These easement lands blend working forest with public recreation and biological diversity found within the Tug Hill region. DEC will accept public input on these management plans on Nov. 27, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Constableville Fire Hall, 3000 Main St, Constableville, NY 13325. In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail to Andrea Mercurio, State Lands Forester or Michael Giocondo, Conservation Easement Forester, NYS DEC, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, New York 13367, or by email to R6.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

All comments must be received by January 15, 2019. DEC will review comments received as it develops the draft Unit Management Plan and Recreation Management Plan. For more information please visit Tug Hill East Unit and East Branch Fish Creek Easement.

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