The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released the Final Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands Recreational Management Plan (RMP) for motorized recreational use of snowmobiles, ATVs, and motor vehicles on the approximately 18,000-acre easement in the northern Adirondacks.
The Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands are located in the towns of Franklin and Brighton in Franklin County formerly owned by International Paper Corporation. DEC purchased a conservation easement on the lands in 2004 which included development rights and logging requirements. The easement also includes public access to the property and more than 100 miles of existing roads.
Lyme Timber Company purchased the lands in 2006 and continues to actively manage the lands for timber. The company also privately leases 31 one-acre camps on the property.
The management plan for the easement lands includes constructing campsites; designating parking areas; building new trails for motorized and non-motorized users; providing access for people with disabilities; enhancing fishing access; and repairing, upgrading and opening existing access roads for public use.
The management actions include, among many others, installing a universally accessible dock and boardwalk on Mountain Pond; constructing 12 campsites, four universally accessible; constructing four new trails; constructing six parking lots; and upgrading and opening to the public 100 miles of roads including 26 miles of three-season automobile roads, 30 miles of ATV roads and trails available for access varying from one to three seasons of the year, and 30 miles of roads and trails for snowmobiling.
The complete Final Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands Recreational Management Plan is available for viewing and downloading on DEC’s website.
Map provided by DEC.