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For Release: Thursday, May 16, 2019

DEC Issues Final Recreation Management Plan for Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract

Plan Includes Enhanced Recreational Opportunities and Improved Public Access and Facilities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued the final recreation management plan (RMP) for Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract in Hamilton County, DEC Regional Director, Bob Stegemann announced today.

"The Recreation Management Plan outlines numerous additional recreational opportunities DEC will develop in the coming years," said Director Stegemann. "Future visitors will have additional means to enjoy an outdoor experience on the lands and waters of the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract. This is another example of the State's efforts to grow the outdoor recreation economy of the Adirondacks, while protecting its natural beauty and resources."

Located in Hamilton County, in the town of Long Lake, the 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract was acquired by the DEC in 2002. DEC worked cooperatively with private landowners and land managers to develop public access on these lands while protecting natural resources and retaining timber management jobs. The easement remains a working forest and includes a summer residential camp and the 397-acre McRorie Lake.

The final plan ensures protection and preservation of natural areas while enhancing recreational opportunities and providing improved access. The RMP identifies planned facilities, as well as the following management activities:

  • Improved access for persons with disabilities. This includes providing accessible parking, canoe carry trails, water access sites, campsites, and motor vehicle access through the Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD);
  • Increased camping opportunities with new designated campsites;
  • Improved parking at the parking area on Kickerville Lane;
  • Maintained hiking trails to Mud Pond Mountain and Rock Pond Mountain;
  • New loop trail around McRorie Lake; and\
  • Designated mountain bike use on certain trails.

For more information on the long-term plan for public recreation activities and opportunities, continued access on the eased property, proposed and existing infrastructure, and natural and human history, view the Final RMP for the Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract (PDF).

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