I respect that you obviously have much more experience and knowledge in this 
area, and that maybe in the long term it is good and necessary, and everything 
will be alright. But, this is a huge project that over the 10 years will 
greatly change the experience of this 11, 237 acres of land.  The State 
proposes to cut down the trees on 1,192  of them. 41 will become grassland, 154 
will become shrub land, and 993 will eventually become young forest (trees cut 
and left, allowing saplings to grow). 
They've been doing this right along - clear-cuts of red pine in 3 places I've 
seen in the last 2-3 years (50 acres?). Two fresh ones show up quite nicely on 
Google Earth on Ct Hill Rd 3#. This year I've seen 3 new YFIs- one was a a 
campground area turned into one, done this year, but not on the plan. Two 
others, on the plan, already finished. Coming upon these is quite a shock when 
you've been hiking these woods for many years. They accomplish these 
"treatments" very quickly with tracked vehicles equipped with grinders to get 
rid of the little stuff, and chainsaws. This is what I have seen so far, before 
the announcement of this plan - the clear-cuts of red pine, and the first YFIs. 
Many much-loved unofficial trails (often the result of previous State 
extractions and maintained by local users) will also be lost, or if they 
survive will have new views of a tortured landscape - vast areas with stumps, 
half-ground trees and the ruts of large tracked vehicles (see proposed fate of 
D21, or the Fingerfields area of B49.2, B53, and B55).Field views if lucky, but 
these apparently require Roundup applications, as we've seen in recent 
yearsapplied to older fields.

Will the thinned areas be a subtler treatment, or will we have new wide access 
roads to these for extraction purposes? What will Lloyd Stark Rd look like 
after they do thinning on F8? Will the patch clear-cuts have a more pleasant 
aspect? Maybe you know more about the details of the various treatments 
mentioned. Maybe it won't end up looking ugly and ravished, like some kind of 
visual equivalent to a big box game store.

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:25:40 PM EDT, John Confer <con...@ithaca.edu> 

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The DEC periodically updates management plans for each forest unit. I don’t 
know the details of Connecticut Hill, but I did become involved with the 
Hammond Hill plans. I met with DEC personnel to suggest some alterations in 
their plans for successional habitat. On balance I strongly support them. The 
intention is to create habitat that supports a greater diversity of wildlife. 
In particular, for Hammond Hill State Forest there is a conscious attempt to 
create more early succession habitat by forest cutting. The background is that 
in New York most forest species are increasing while most successional species 
are declining. Even so called forest species frequently use or even require 
successional habitat for part of the annual diet. Bear fatten on berries, 
turkey feed their poults on seeds of successional plants, tanagers feed on 
berries, and deer browse on small woody stems as an important and perhaps 
critical winter food. etc. Of course, early successional habitat supports a 
variety of early successional species, but it also provides forage for deer and 
many other forest species for parts of their annual life. I offer these 
thoughts after 35 years of research on successional species. I wouldn’t throw 
out the baby with the bath water on this effort.
John Confer
From: bounce-121728155-25065...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-121728155-25065...@list.cornell.edu]On Behalf Of Dave Gislason
Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:11 PM
To: Martha Fischer <m...@cornell.edu>; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] FW: New post published Meeting on Connecticut Hill 
Wildlife Management Plan
They're just telling us about this now, but they've been working at it for a 
couple of years at least. Living close by, I've seen 3 areas turned into YFIs 
(one a camping area), and 3 areas of clear-cutting. There other areas with the 
telltale Blue paint marks indicating "treatments" to come. I would say that 
communication with the public has been quite poor so far. Only recently did 
they construct a couple of message boards with a flyer on the Young forest 
Initiatives -after they had cut down many trees. Maybe they've been barraged 
with questions and/or complaints.
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 9:03:46 AM EDT, Martha Fischer <m...@cornell.edu> 
Here’s an FYI…
There's a new post at TownOfEnfield.org. Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife 
Management Plan
Meeting on Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Plan
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Newfield Fire Dept., 77 Main St. Newfield, NY
NYSDEC will host an open house to provide information on a recently finalized 
habitat management plan for Connecticut hill Wildlife Management Area located 
in the Towns of Catherine, Cayuta and Hector, ...
You may view the latest post at 
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Thank you.
Town of Enfield

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