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DEC revises Keuka Highlands, Lowlands management plan

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is revising the Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the Keuka Lowlands UMP to create one UMP that details the management objectives for both lands. In preparation for the development of a draft UMP, DEC is seeking public input on the past or future management of these two properties.

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The draft of the new “Keuka Unit Management Plan” will be a 10-year management plan to define management goals and objectives for two Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and five State Forests located in Steuben and Schuyler counties.

  • Pigtail Hollow State Forest
  • Urbana State Forest
  • Birdseye Hollow State Forest
  • Moss Hill State Forest
  • Mount Washington State Forest
  • Cold Brook WMA
  • Waneta – Lamoka WMA

It is DEC’s policy to manage State lands for multiple benefits to serve the people of New York State. Benefits such as good water quality, a diverse and healthy wildlife population, and recreational enjoyment are ensured by thoughtful land management.

Send comments on combining the UMPs through email to [email protected] or by mail to NYSDEC, Attn: Keuka UMP, State Land Management, 7291 Coon Road, Bath, NY 14810.

For questions about the UMP process, call DEC’s Bath office at 607-622-8282. Public comments will be accepted at any time leading up to the development of a formal draft that will be made available for public review and input before finalization.