Visited by every conceivable brand of recreation-seeker; and home to vast species of plant life, wildlife, and abundant bodies of water, the Adirondack Forest Preserve is managed both to permit outdoor Leisure to human visitors, and to protect and preserve its natural resources. Governed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, Forest Preserve Lands are managed according to individual custom ­made and area-specific, unit management plans. But the plans have not always materialized, and their success, rate of production, and management decisions has at times been the reoccurring topic of public concern or outright criticism. We consider here the role and function of unit management plans in Land stewardship, and how the DEC uses them to ordain recreational use while also outlawing environmental abuse.



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