Essex County

Essex County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,370. Its county seat is Elizabethtown. Along with Hamilton County, Essex is entirely within the Adirondack Park.

Essex County is in the northeastern part of New York State, just west of Vermont along the eastern boundary of the State. The eastern boundary of Essex County is Lake Champlain, which serves as the New York – Vermont border at an elevation of just under 100 feet (30.5 m). The highest natural point in New York, Mount Marcy at 5,344 feet (1,629 m), is in the Town of Keene. The Ausable River forms a partial northern boundary for the county.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex_County,_NY

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Map: Copperas And Owen Pond Trail

Map: Copperas And Owen Pond Trail

The Wilmington Wild Forest (WWF), formerly a sub-unit of the much larger Taylor Pond Wild Forest, consists of 14,000 acres of state forest preserve lands in Towns of Wilmington, Jay and Keene in Essex County and the Town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The core area of the Wilmington Wild Forest is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain between the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway, Route 431 and Route 86. Another large segment - the Stephenson Range Tract - lies north of Route 431 and Gillespie Drive and south of the Forestdale Road. Smaller, isolated segments include the Hamlin Mountain, Clements Mountain, and Beaver Brook Tracts, as well as a segment near the hamlet of Black Brook. The area offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and hunting in the warmer months, and cross country skiing, ice climbing, trapping and snowmobiling in the winter months. The West Branch AuSable River - world renowned for trout fishing - runs adjacent to portions of the wild forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22585.html

Map: Beaver Brook Tract

Map: Beaver Brook Tract

The Wilmington Wild Forest (WWF), formerly a sub-unit of the much larger Taylor Pond Wild Forest, consists of 14,000 acres of state forest preserve lands in Towns of Wilmington, Jay and Keene in Essex County and the Town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The core area of the Wilmington Wild Forest is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain between the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, the Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway, Route 431 and Route 86. Another large segment - the Stephenson Range Tract - lies north of Route 431 and Gillespie Drive and south of the Forestdale Road. Smaller, isolated segments include the Hamlin Mountain, Clements Mountain, and Beaver Brook Tracts, as well as a segment near the hamlet of Black Brook. The area offers numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing and hunting in the warmer months, and cross country skiing, ice climbing, trapping and snowmobiling in the winter months. The West Branch AuSable River - world renowned for trout fishing - runs adjacent to portions of the wild forest.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/22585.html

State wants Tub Mill Pond parcel

"The Town of Moriah must decide whether to endorse the sale of Tub Mill Pond to the State of New York.
Without town approval, state law does not allow the purchase with state Environmental Protection Fund money, which the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to use."

"The 1,200-acre area is located off Ensign Pond Road in Moriah, and is currently owned by Tub Mill Pond LLC, a sportsmen’s group. It had been offered for sale previously for more than $1.9 million. Besides Tub Mill Pond, the sale includes Rockport Pond, which has a small dam, and Smith Pond."