DEC will host availability sessions, public meetings on state land UMP

The state Department of conservation will host availability sessions and public meetings to provide information on the recently released unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest.

The Saranac Lake availability session will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Harrietstown Town Hall auditorium. The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. the same day at the Saranac Lake High School Auditorium.

The Tupper Lake availability session will be held on July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library. The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 13 at the Wild Center’s Flammer Theater.

Comprised of 76,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 19,600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds, the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest encompasses the three largest population centers in the Adirondack Park: Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, and Saranac Lake.

During the availability sessions, the public will have the opportunity to review maps, fact sheets, and other documents, ask DEC staff questions, and provide comments. DEC staff will also be available to answer questions during the first 30 minutes of the public meetings, after which DEC will share a presentation on the draft UMP and the public will have the opportunity to comment.

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