The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released for public review a plan to significantly expand recreation opportunities in the Moose River Plain Wild Forest by building a 25-mile mountain bike trail network and rerouting and improving others; improving bridges; “clear[ing] vegetation from existing overgrown trails”; building two more parking areas along Route 28; and closing sections of new Seventh Lake Multi-Use Snowmobile Corridor Trail to mountain bikes.
The plans are laid out in what a Draft Amendment to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan.
The Moose River Plains Complex includes what is considered among America’s largest primitive campgrounds, located in Hamilton and Herkimer Counties. It contains hundreds of miles of active and inactive roads, more than 100 primitive roadside campsites, 130 miles of marked trails, and numerous lakes and ponds.
A pdf of the Draft Amendment can be downloaded from the DEC website. The current UMP, completed in 2011, can be found here, along with maps and other resources: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/
Comments may be sent to McCrea Burnham, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4254 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comment is July 8, 2016.
Photo of the Moose River Plains by John Warren.