July 1, 2006
Raquette Boreal Forest Plan Moves Forward
A large wild land near this chapter has received its land classification, a major step toward completing its management plan.
The Raquette Boreal Unit Management Planning (RBUMP) concerns several parcels of forest preserve and conservation easements the state owns in the towns of Hopkinton, Colton, and Piercefield in St. Lawrence County. The unit is bounded on the north by Stark Road, Joe Indian Road and Joe Indian Pond, on the east by the West Branch of the St. Regis River and the St. Lawrence County line, on the south by state Route 3, and on the west by state Route 56.
The classifi cation approved by the Governor resulted in new and previously existing forest preserve lands in the Raquette Boreal planning area being classifi ed into two distinct units:
1) Forest preserve lands adjacent to the east and west sides of Carry Falls Reservoir become part of the Raquette River Wild Forest.
2) Forest preserve lands generally east of the Lassiter Main Haul Road on the east side of Carry Falls Reservoir, as well as forest preserve lands upstream from the reservoir, become part of the new Raquette-Jordan Boreal Primitive Area.
The two new units, both of which will be part of the Raquette Boreal UMP now underway, are shown on the map.
The RBUMP was initiated in 2000, with a public meeting held at the Colton-Pierrepont High School. Chapter members made statements on behalf of ADK. A public draft of the RBUMP will appear in Fall 2006 for hearings.
Send comments or questions to John Gibbs, Supervising Forester at NYSDEC, 6739 US Hwy 11, Potsdam NY 13676 or 315/265- 3090. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/publands/ump/reg6/raquette.html.
Jul 1, 2006: Raquette Boreal Forest Plan Moves Forward