DEC seeks public input on revised draft amendments to Kildare and Five Mile recreation management plan

WATERTOWN, NY —  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released for public review and comment revised draft amendments to the Kildare Recreation Management Plan and the Five Mile Interim Recreation Management Plan (RMP). The revised draft amendments to the Kildare Tract Conservation Easement and the Five Mile Tract Conservation Easement RMPs will provide for public motor vehicle/overland access to the Kildare tract for the first time since it was acquired in 1989.

Construction of a new connector road between the two properties will open 16.1 miles of existing roads for seasonal public motor vehicle use and make the entire Kildare Tract Conservation Easement property more easily accessible for non-motorized access and activities such as hunting, hiking, wildlife observation, and other activities. Additionally, the revised amendment addresses concerns relating to public use and Spruce grouse habitat on the Kildare property.

DEC is accepting public comments on the draft amendments on the RMP from Oct. 21 to Dec. 4, 2020. In lieu of a public meeting during the State’s response to COVID-19, a presentation on the revised draft plan and the revisions are available for public review on the DEC website.

Comments can be submitted by email or by regular mail to Peter D’luhosch, DEC Potsdam Sub-Office, 190 Outer Main Street, Suite 103, Potsdam, NY 13676.