DEC in search of public touch upon draft recreation administration plan in Saratoga County – Saratogian

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SARATOGA COUNTY, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comment on a draft management plan that will maintain public access to recreational areas and protect natural resources within the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts in Saratoga County .

The public comment period runs until June 10th.

“DEC’s goal is to protect the natural resources of the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts, provide outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors alike and ensure these lands are an asset to their communities and benefit the local economy ‘ said regional director Joe Zalewski.

The draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) applies to the combined 13,730 acres of the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands II and Lyme Timber Company. Recreational rights in the RMP draft include snowmobile trails and non-motorized access to the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower.

The following management measures are proposed in the draft RMP:

• Snowmobile Trails: 22 miles of snowmobile trails exist on the easements as permitted by the 2009 Provisional RMP. The RMP design allows for the continued maintenance of the popular snowmobile trail system as a network connecting a large area between Great Sacandaga Lake and the cities of Greenfield and Corinth. The trail that provides access to the Spruce Mountain Fire Tower and terminates at the state line 0.1 miles from the Fire Tower remains open to the public.

• Spruce Mountain Fire Tower Access: The Spruce Mountain Fire Tower is located on 6 acres of Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and is accessible via a Corinthian trail. The RMP draft stipulates that the trail will remain closed during the big game hunting season, as previously negotiated in a cooperative agreement with the landowner.

For more information, the draft plan can be viewed on the DEC website. DEC is accepting public comments until June 10, 2022 and comments may be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Allison Buckley, Natural Resource Planner, NYS DEC, PO Box 1316, Northville, NY 12134, be sent.