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DEC seeks input on recreation plan in Essex County


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on a draft recreation management plan for the 762-acre Hyslop Conservation Easement Tract located along Route 28N just east of Newcomb.

The land, which is owned by a private timber company but with a state conservation easement, would be part of the planned snowmobile connector trail between Newcomb and Minera, with that trail open to other users in the summer.

"DEC is seeking public input on the management actions proposed in the Draft Recreation Management Plan for the Hyslop Conservation Easement Tract, which protects open space and provides a linear recreation corridor," said DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann. "DEC's goal is to protect the natural resources and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, while also ensuring the conservation easement is a working forest asset to surrounding communities and a benefit to local economies."

The Hyslop Conservation Easement Tract is located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County, about three miles east of the hamlet of Newcomb. The tract is largely bounded by State Route 28N on the north -- immediately south of where the Blue Ridge Road meets Route 28N -- and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest on the south.

Management proposals in this draft include open space protection and establishing a 1.7-mile linear recreation corridor. There would be no trailheads or parking facilities on the property, according to the draft plan.

The Draft RMP may be viewed or downloaded. Public comments will be accepted until March 29. Public comments can be mailed to Forester Robert Ripp, NYSDEC, 232 Golf Course Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885 or emailed to [email protected].