East Branch of Fish Creek “Working Forest” Project
The Tug Hill Commission has been working with local people since the mid-1990s to find ways to keep forest lands in the watershed of the East Branch of Fish Creek in productive use for logging, hunting, fishing, watershed protection, and recreation. Virtually all of this work has been done in cooperation with a local advisory committee, called the East Branch of Fish Creek Working Group.
Some of the story of this effort is contained in a report of the National Community Forestry Center (Case Study of the East Branch of Fish Creek Working Group, Tug Hill, New York, February 2001) available from the Center at www.ncfcnfr.net.
The Working Group’s report, Tug Hill’s Eastern Core Forest: Recommendations for the Protection of Jobs, the Environment and Traditional Uses (April 22, 1997), recommending the use of conservation easements as the primary tool for keeping this area of about 100,000 acres as productive forest, is available from the Tug Hill Commission.
More information on the transaction announced by the Governor is available through Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust’s web site also contains information of meeting announcements of the East Branch of Fish Creek Working Group.
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