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The NYS DEC has issued an adendum to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Area and also an extension of the Public Comment Period, as follows:

For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Lori O'Connell
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 (518) 402-8000

DEC ISSUES ADDENDUM TO DRAFT UNIT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR MOOSE RIVER PLAINS WILD FOREST AND EXTENSION OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today announced that the Department has released an Addendum to the Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the 85,677-acre Moose River Plains Wild Forest in the Towns of Inlet, Morehouse, Long Lake, Arietta, and Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County and the Towns of Ohio and Webb in Herkimer County.

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is bounded on the north by the Pigeon Lakes Wilderness Area, Raquette Lake and the Blue Ridge Wilderness, on the east and the south by the West Canada Lakes Wilderness and the private lands of the Adirondack League Club, and on the west by the Fulton Chain Lakes and State Route 28. It is the largest block of remote lands in the Adirondacks readily accessible by motor vehicle and includes the Red River, the South Branch of the Moose River and the 675-acre Cedar River Flow.

The Moose River Plains Wild Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, canoeing, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and primitive camping. Miles of trails and numerous lakes and ponds make this area an ideal destination for outdoors enthusiasts with varied interests and abilities.

As a result of public comment, the Department is proposing a change to the configuration of snowmobile trails in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, as originally proposed in the Draft UMP released in March 2006.
Proposed snowmobile trail changes will involve the closure of some existing snowmobile trails and construction of a new snowmobile trail to enable a wild forest connection between Inlet and Raquette Lake that avoids plowed roads and water crossings. The proposal will require approximately 4.3 miles of new trail construction, with a large portion of the proposed route utilizing old roads and existing snowmobile trails. The proposal will also include the closure of approximately 8.7 miles of little used existing snowmobile trails or trail segments. In response to public comments and to enhance public access throughout the year, this new proposed snowmobile trail would also be designated for hiking and all terrain bicycling.

The Addendum to the draft UMP is available for public review at DEC headquarters in Albany, DEC regional offices in Watertown and Ray Brook, and at the DEC's Northville, Warrensburg, Herkimer, Lowville, and Potsdam regional sub offices. The Addendum will also be available for review at the town offices of Inlet, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant, Arietta and Morehouse in Hamilton County and the Towns of Inlet and Ohio in Herkimer County. Copies of the Addendum in a CD format as well as a limited number of printed copies are available from the DEC Northville office.

In addition to the proposed snowmobile trail changes identified in the Addendum, the Department is reopening the public comment period for the entire Draft UMP, as originally issued in the March 13, 2006 press release and the Special Area Plan (SAP) for the Great Camps Historic Area. An excerpt outlining this SAP is posted on the Moose River Plains Wild Forest website at:
http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/publands/ump/reg6/moose/index.html

The DEC will accept written comments on the Addendum and the Draft UMP until September 22, 2006. Public comments may be sent to: Keith Rivers, Senior Forester, NYSDEC, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367 or email:
[email protected] .

Public input on the draft plan, the SAP and Addendum will result in the development of the Proposed Final Draft Unit Management Plan, to be presented to the Adirondack Park Agency.


Considering this area in the Adirondack Park Region is nearl 86,000 acres, it would behoove sportsmen to get involved and active on this one forthwith!
 
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