On August 30, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the completion of an update management to plan that will maintain public recreational access and protect natural resources in the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation easement leaflets in Saratoga County.
The Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation easement leaflets belong to Lyme Adirondack Timberlands II and Lyme Timber Company. A conservation easement agreement between the landowner and New York State allows for limited public access Recreation access in addition to sustainable forest management. The Recreation Management To plan (RMP) describes what the public Recreation activities are authorized under the agreement. The updated RMP applies to the combined 13,730 acres of Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation easement leaflets.
Combined easement leaflets offer an exceptional snowmobile experience to winter recreation enthusiasts. Twenty-two miles of snowmobile trails exist on the easement leaflets. The popular snowmobile trail network acts as a network, connecting a large area between Great Sacandaga Lake and the towns of Greenfield and Corinth. A trail ending at the state land border 0.1 mile from the Spruce Mountain fire tower offers a unique opportunity for a combined day of snowmobiling and hiking.
The Spruce Mountain Fire Tower sits on a 2.5 acre parcel of Wilcox Lake Wilderness and is accessible to hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers via a trail on the Corinth leaflet. As part of the updated RMP, this walking trail will remain closed during the big game hunting season, as previously negotiated in a cooperative agreement with the landowner. Hunting, fishing and trapping are prohibited on easements.
For more information, the final to plan can be viewed on the DEC website.