This week, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it will accept public comments on a revised Draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) as it moves forward with expanding opportunities on the Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands.
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The Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands consist of 19,000 acres in the northern Adirondacks that are currently managed by Lyme Timber Company. The DEC has developed the proposed Recreation Management Plan in an effort to expand public recreational use of the lands while complying with the existing forest conservation easement.
According to a statement, “The Draft RMP includes proposals to: construct campsites and designated parking areas; construct new trails for motorized and non-motorized users; provide access for people with disabilities; enhance fishing access; and to repair, upgrade and open to the public existing access roads. Non-motorized uses will include hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Motorized uses will include ATVs, snowmobiles and automobiles.”
The DEC has made edits to its original plan based on public comments it received last year, but opinions on the revisions are now being sought. Comments will be accepted on the Draft RMP until Friday, September 18, and the complete document can be viewed online.
To help concerned parties better understand the provisions of the plan, a public meeting will be held at 7:00pm on September 1 in the main conference room of the DEC Headquarters office building, 1115 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook. At this meeting, attendees will be able to learn more about the proposed management actions, and will also be able to share their thoughts.
What do you think about the possibility of expanded recreational access on Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands?
- DEC: Draft Recreation Management Plan to Increase Access to 19,000 Acres of Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands