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For Release: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

DEC Opens Public Comment Period on Revised Recreation Management Plan for Oswegatchie Conservation Easement

30-day comment period opens November 21st and ends December 21st

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to read the revised draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement (CE) and return comments on it. The Oswegatchie CE encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park. The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. The 30-day public comment period opens on Wednesday, November 21st. Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to the contact person below. All comments must be received by December 21, 2018.

Matthew Nowak, Sr. Natural Resources Planner
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367

Notable changes include:

Subject to an annually reviewed temporary revocable permit, Lewis County will be authorized to administer seasonal ATV use on Bald Mountain Road.

Some alternative snowmobile routes have been relocated.

A parking area and a foot trail will provide easier access to Deer Pond.

The revised draft RMP is available to view or download on the DEC website . Copies of the RMP are also available on CD and can be requested by e-mail at or from the DEC Region 6 offices in Watertown 315-785-2263 and in Lowville 315-376-3521.

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