Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, Easement Rec Plans Being Considered

Public input is sought on development of the draft Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the Conifer-Emporium Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP).

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public session on March 21, 2018, at 6 and 8:30 pm.

The 25,500-acre Cranberry Lake Wild Forest consists of Forest Preserve lands located in the towns of Clifton, Colton, and Fine in southern St. Lawrence County. The unit is bounded on the south by the Cranberry Lake Biological Station, the Five Ponds Wilderness, and the south shore of Cranberry Lake; on the east by the Colton town line and the Conifer-Emporium Easement lands; on the north by State Highway 3 and the Oswegatchie River, and on the west by private lands and the Inlet Road.

The Conifer – Emporium Conservation Easement includes working forest and public recreation on 19,200 acres of land over seven individual tracts in the St. Lawrence County towns of Clifton, Colton, and Piercefield.

This session will be held at the SUNY ESF Ranger School Auditorium, 257 Ranger School Road, Wanakena.

In addition, public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Aaron Graves, Forest Preserve Forester or Peter D’Luhosch, Conservation Easement Specialist
6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY, 13676

All comments must be received by May 4, 2018. DEC will review these comments as it develops the draft Unit Management Plan and Recreation Management Plan.

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