DEC is seeking public input through April 21 to assist with the development of a draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the South Colton Tract Conservation Easement (Dec.ny.gov), a privately owned tract subject to a conservation easement encompassing approximately 1,725 acres in the town of Colton, St. Lawrence County.
The South Colton Tract Conservation Easement contains commercially managed forestland, comprised primarily of a northern hardwood forest and multiple small streams and wetlands. Recreators can currently access the South Colton Tract Conservation Easement by non-motorized means from Morgan Road in South Colton and via a trail on the High Flats State Forest (Dec.ny.gov) parcel off Donovan Public Forest Access Road in the town of Parishville. Under the conservation easement, DEC owns the rights to maintain roads and trails for motorized use on the property and to permit public hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, paddling, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Specific facilities and recreation opportunities will be identified in the draft RMP.
RMPs document natural and human-made resources on conservation easements and are used in planning public recreation consistent with the protection of natural resources and the terms agreed upon in the conservation easement. The draft South Colton Tract RMP will be shared for public comment once completed.
Members of the public are encouraged to provide DEC with suggestions related to the development of the draft South Colton Tract RMP. Suggestions should be submitted by April 21, 2023. You can mail submissions to:
Peter D’Luhosch; Environmental Program Specialist
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
190 Outer Main St.
Potsdam, NY 13676
You can also submit suggestions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by completing the online survey.
For more information about the South Colton Tract Conservation Easement, visit DEC’s website or read the press release.
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