The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input on the development of a draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Three Lakes Tract Conservation Easement, a privately-owned conservation easement encompassing approximately 3,350 acres in the town of Webb, Herkimer County.
The Three Lakes Tract contains commercially managed forestland, comprised primarily of a northern hardwood forest, along with Hitchcock, Grass, and Moose ponds. The property shares approximately 4.1 miles of boundaries with State “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve lands (the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness and Independence River Wild Forest) and 2.5 miles with the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement.
RMPs document natural and man-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. A draft Three Lakes Tract RMP will be shared for public comment when completed.
In cooperation with the landowner, DEC already opened 4.7 miles of snowmobile trail across the property, which provides connections in the surrounding snowmobile trail network. Under the conservation easement, DEC owns the right to maintain public snowmobile trails and hiking trails on the property and to permit public hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, paddling, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. Specific facilities and recreation opportunities are expected to be identified in the RMP.
Members of the public are encouraged to provide DEC with suggestions and comments relating to development of the Three Lakes Tract RMP. Comments should be submitted by January 13, 2021, to: Matthew Nowak; Environmental Program Specialist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367; or email: email@example.com.
Information relating to the Three Lakes Tract Conservation Easement is available on the DEC website. The tract is shown on the “Independence River Wild Forest Map East.”
Map of Three Lakes Tract Easement courtesy Adirondack Atlas.