DEC seeks public input on Fulton Chain Wild Forest plan

Posted 5/15/19

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation seeking public input prior to revising the Fulton Chain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and plans a public meeting June 12 in Old Forge. …

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DEC seeks public input on Fulton Chain Wild Forest plan

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation seeking public input prior to revising the Fulton Chain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and plans a public meeting June 12 in Old Forge.

The Fulton Chain Wild Forest is composed of approximately 16,028 acres in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. This unit also borders other larger parcels of forest preserve, including the Pigeon Lake Wilderness and the Moose River Plains Wild Forest.

The area is characterized by a mixture of lakes, ponds, wetlands, rolling hills, and mountains.

Among popular features are the Bald Mountain hiking trail and fire tower, Limekiln Lake campground, and Moss Lake, Bub and Sis Lake trails and numerous other hiking, cross country ski and snowshoeing trails, according to the DEC.

“The Fulton Chain Wild Forest offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational pursuits. We encourage everyone interested in the area to attend the scoping session and offer their ideas for how to realize the full potential of this wonderful area,” said Randall Young, DEC acting regional director.

The Fulton Chain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan public informational meeting is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 12 in the gymnasium of the town of Webb’s Park Avenue Building, 183 Park Ave., Old Forge.

In addition, a 45-day public comment period will open June 12 through July 29. Comments can be submitted by mail to Michael Marsh, DEC senior forester, at the NYSDEC Herkimer Office, 225 North Main St., Herkimer, NY 13350; by email at r6.ump@dec.ny.gov; or by phone at 315-866-6330.

When complete, a draft of the revisions will be released for another public comment period. The DEC’s Fulton Chain Wild Forest is at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/75305.html.

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