August 25, 2006
White Hill Draft UMP Released
The White Hill Draft UMP has been released by the DEC. Copies of the draft plan are currently available from the DEC office in Potsdam (hard copy), or by calling the Watertown office (CD) At this point, the plan has not been posted on the DEC website.
The DEC will hold a public meeting on the draft plan at 6 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 21 at the Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Rt. 56. DEC will also accept written comments on the draft UMP until Oct. 6. Written comments should be sent to John Wood, Senior Forester, New York State DEC, 6739 US Highway 11, Potsdam, NY 13676, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DEC press release states:
The White Hill Wild Forest is in the northwest corner of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The area offers hiking, hunting, trapping, fishing, and other recreational activities. Several snowmobile trails also pass through the area and link to a larger network of trails. The publicly owned land also has five wild ponds, some that require an hour-long hike get to. These ponds have been described as among the quietest waters in the entire Adirondack Park.
The unit is bounded on the west and north by the Adirondack Park Blue Line, on the east by the St. Lawrence-Franklin County Line, and on the south by the West Branch of the St. Regis River, the Stark-Joe Indian Road, and State Route 56.
A partial list of recommended actions include:
- Improving recreational opportunities for people with mobility impairments, including the development of an accessible camping site and accessible waterway access site;
- Construction of new parking areas and foot trails;
- Rehabilitation of campsites and closing of unsuitable sites at Clear Pond;
- Survey and boundary line marking to adequately identify public lands;
- Various measures to manage illegal public motor vehicle use, including the installation of barriers; and
- Facilitating snowmobile access among local communities.
Aug 25, 2006: White Hill Draft UMP Released