Developers Eye Campground for NE New York
A new draft plan for recreational uses of the Sable Highlands in New York state’s northeastern Adirondacks includes proposals to construct 56 camping sites, improve old and create new hiking trails, enhance fishing access and open two new mountain biking routes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Betsy Lowe announced this week.
The Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands consist of approximately 84,000 acres of land in the towns of Ellenburg and Saranac in Clinton County, and Bellmont and Franklin in Franklin County, according to Adirondackbasecamp.com.
“The plan outlines extensive and varied recreational opportunities, including motorized recreation, on the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands,” said Regional Director Lowe. “The Department of Environmental Conservation is pleased to have worked with Chateaugay Woodlands and the Nature Conservancy in developing public access on these lands, while protecting the natural resources and retaining timber management jobs.”
The recreation plan was developed to facilitate and manage public recreational use of the easement lands and complies with the terms and conditions of the easement. It was developed in consultation with, and review by, the landowner. Input was obtained from a variety of stakeholders including local governments, snowmobile and ATV clubs, sportsmen, hikers and private lease club members.
The Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands consists mainly of low rolling mountains typical of the northeastern corner of the Adirondack Park. The lands also feature numerous high quality ponds and streams, forested uplands and wetland areas, providing habitat for a wide variety of fish and wildlife species. Brook trout, moose and a number of endangered and threatened species are found on the lands. For hunters and trappers, the area features good habitat for whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, and snowshoe hare. The existing road system offers opportunities for public use and access with cars, trucks, snowmobiles and ATVs.