In­put sought on use of 8,000-plus acres

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

The state Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion is seek­ing pub­lic in­put to de­velop the draft Lower New Eng­land-West Unit Man­age­ment Plan for the fu­ture uses and man­age­ment of about 8,130 acres.

Depart­ment staff will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions and ac­cept pub­lic com­ments from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 17 at DEC Re­gion 3 Head­quar­ters, 21 S. Putt Cor­ners Road, New Paltz.

Sev­eral prop­er­ties in­cluded in this unit man­age­ment plan were pre­vi­ously cov­ered by in­di­vid­ual plans. The lands have been in­cor­po­rated un­der one plan to help re­gional forestry staff more ef­fec­tively man­age them.

The prop­er­ties in­clude the Ste­wart State For­est, the Pochuck Moun­tain State For­est, the Black Creek State For­est, the Turkey Point State For­est, Mt. Peter Hawk Watch, the Hem­lock Ridge Mul­ti­ple-Use Area and the High Woods Mul­ti­ple-Use Area.

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