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For Release: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

DEC Releases Draft Recreation Management Plan for Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement

Draft Plan Available for Public Comment through April 23

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is encouraging the public to comment on the draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement. The 511-acre Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement tract is located southwest of Old Forge in the town of Webb, Herkimer County, between State Route 28 and Middle Branch Moose River.
The draft RMP proposes:

  • A 0.5-mile multiple use hiking, mountain biking, and skiing recreational trail.
  • 0.7 miles of new snowmobile trail also open to hiking and mountain biking.
  • Construction of a new lean-to near the top of Flatrock Mountain.
  • Designation of an existing logging road and snowmobile trail for ATV use by people with mobility impairments who hold a Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) permit.
  • Construction of two accessible parking spaces along with a nearby informational kiosk; and
  • Construction of a three-car parking lot at the trailhead for one of the new trails off Minnehaha Road.

The draft RMP and a PowerPoint presentation are available for public review. During the State's continued response to COVID-19, DEC is not holding an in-person public meeting. DEC will accept public comments through April 23, 2021, by email: or by regular mail, addressed to Michael Marsh, Forester, NYS-DEC 225 N. Main Street Herkimer, NY 13350.

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