The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is planning to amend its management plans for nearly 100,000 acres of Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park, including the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.
A public meeting is planned for April 3rd; written public comments are due by April 20th. DEC’s Commissioner told that press he hoped the construction of new recreation facilities could start this summer.
The revised plans will also include recently classified lands that were part of Boreas Ponds Tract, Casey Brook Tract, MacIntyre Tracts (East and West), the lands formerly owned by National Lead, the former Dix Mountain Wilderness lands, and other tracts of land.
“We are excited to be taking this next step along the journey of opening the Boreas Ponds to visitors in a manner that is both protective of sensitive natural resources and provides recreational access,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement sent to the press. “DEC is committed to making the Boreas Ponds lands accessible to visitors while preserving this unique resource, and helping the town of North Hudson and the other communities in the Five Town Hub realize the economic potential these lands can provide. We are working diligently to develop a Unit Management Plan for these lands so that construction of new facilities can start this summer.”
Tracts Included in the High Peaks Complex UMP Amendment (provided by DEC):
Dix Mountain Wilderness: 44,716 acres
Boreas Ponds Tract (in part): 11,399 acres
MacIntrye West Tract (in part): 7,364 acres
MacIntrye East Tract (in part): 4,445 acres
Casey Brook Tract: 1,450 acres
North River Mountain Range: 6,261 acres (reclassified lands formerly in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest)
Bradley Pond Tract: 1,717 acres (Purchased in 2007)
Former NL Lands (in part): 6,816 acres (purchased in 2008 includes Henderson Lake, Preston Ponds, and portions of lands around Calamity Brook and Mt Adams)
Niagara Brook Tract (in part): 12 acres
Tracts Included in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest UMP Amendment (provided by DEC):
Boreas Ponds Tract (in part): 9,129 acres
MacIntrye East Tract (in part): 1,604 acres
Vanderwhacker Brook Tract: 202 acres
Hudson River Tract: 287 acres
Minerva Stream Tract: 13 acres
North River Tract: 249 acres
Bullhead Pond Brook Tract: 114 acres
Palmer Pond Tract: 47 acres
Raquette Brook Tract: 37 acres
Niagara Brook Tract (in part): 66 acres
DEC is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., at the Newcomb Central School gymnasium, 5535 State Route 28N, Newcomb. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Requests for any specific accommodations should be provided in advance to DEC at (518) 897-1248. Additional public meetings on the UMP Amendment are expected to be scheduled at a later date according to DEC’s press release.
Written comments will also be accepted until April 20, 2018, and can be mailed to Forester Robert Ripp, NYSDEC, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885, or emailed to R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.