Thursday, September 7, 2023

DEC Seeks Public Comment on Adirondack Foothills Management Plan

map of punkeyville state forest in forestport

DEC is encouraging public comment on the draft Adirondack Foothills Unit Management Plan (UMP) and will accept comments until September 15, 2023. The proposed plan advances recreational opportunities while protecting natural resources on State Lands in Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

The draft UMP includes six State forests—HogsbackPopple PondWoodhullPunkeyvilleBlack Creek, and Hinckley—as well as 24 separate parcels of detached Forest Preserve in Oneida and Herkimer counties and will guide management of these properties over the next 10 years.

The draft Adirondack Foothills UMP proposes:

  • Designating approximately one mile of existing snowmobile trail, and 0.8 mile of an existing State Forest access road as connector trails for ATVs on Popple Pond State Forest. These would connect to existing ATV trail systems on Oneida County lands;
  • Formally designating approximately 10 miles of mountain biking trails on Hinckley State Forest;
  • Establishing a split rail fence and warning signs around the existing mine shafts on Forest Preserve detached parcels 22 and 26, site of the former Salisbury Steel and Iron Company, constructing a five-car parking area on Switzer Road for visitors to the site, and installing an interpretive kiosk at this parking area;
  • Relocating a snowmobile trail off River Road in the village of Forestport onto adjacent Punkeyville State Forest;
  • Formally designating a haul road on Popple Pond State Forest as a Motorized Access Route for Persons with Disabilities; and
  • Investigating whether there is an entity interested in constructing and maintaining a picnic area at the former Trout Farm on Punkeyville State Forest through the DEC’s Volunteer Stewardship Program.

The draft Adirondack Foothills UMP and a presentation on the draft plan are available on DEC’s website. Copies of the draft plan are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (315) 866-6330.

DEC will accept public comments on these documents through Sept. 15, 2023. Submit comments through:

  • Mail to Herkimer DEC Sub-Office, 225 North Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350, Attention: Scott Healy; or
  • Email

Map at top of Punkeyville State Forest in Forestport

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

2 Responses

  1. Beverly Stellges says:

    Here we go again! Some pencil pusher has developed this plan and gets people to waste time reading it and replying to it and then nothing is done. There is no follow up!! The UMP for Buck Pond Campground was approved in 2017: and nothing has been done!! The bathrooms are from then1950’s and disgusting. The dump station is deplorable! The UMP for the Saranac Lake Wild Forest was approved many years ago where campsites on Follensby Clear Pond and Pollywog Pons didn’t conform to the 1/4 mile apart regulation and nothing has been done!! Instead the DEC builds a new campground at the old Frontier Town site!! What a waste of time and money!!!

  2. Tytis Alexander Markwardt says:

    The Adirondacks has been pillaged long enough by these money hungry scoundrels. They have no business lining the pockets of “private companies” building roads through the “forever wild”. Only certain companies will be accepted to build these roads because someone somewhere is helping out their buddy. This is unacceptable and needs to be looked at under a fine microscope. These DEC officers are doing nothing to preserve and protect this natural area by cutting trees and building roads through the wilderness where PROTECTED RUPTURES call home. If they stood for anything they would stand against the tyrannical regime putting this plan into place.
    How could you even consider this project to be doing anything to protect and preserve the woodlands we all cherish and appreciate?
    Fight mother nature, she will ALWAYS win..
    Good luck with your road building.

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