Northern Oneida County ATV Club




DEC Encourages Public to Comment on Draft Unit Management Plan for Tug Hill East
**FYI & ACTION** by December 15

From NOCATVCLUB former club President, Guy Case

We are still in the comment period of the proposed UMP. I am asking, and you should be asking too for a "connector trail" from the existing ATV trail system in the High Market through the Tug Hill East UMP over existing roadways to Swancott Mills area. I have attached two maps showing one option for this trail.

Please submit your comments to DEC and the following:

Chuck Parker, President NYSCC,

Dave Corr, CFAB Region 6 Rep.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact myself or Andy Bailey @ (315) 225-3119.

Guy Case

Background info from Guy

I recently attended the East Branch of Fish Creek Working Group meeting hosted by the Tug Hill Commission at Snow Ridge. The Tug Hill Commission or the DEC mentioned nothing about motorized recreation through the Tug Hill East UMP. We are currently in the comment period of the proposed UMP. I am asking you to look over the plan and submit your comments for a "connector trail" from the existing ATV trail system in High Market through the Tug Hill East UMP over existing roadways to Swancott Mills area to connect to a growing ATV System in the Osceola area. These roads have and continue to have motorized traffic, log trucks, cars, snowmobiles but ATVs are not allowed. Why is this? These dirt roads already exist. As an ATVer and disabled veteran I believe it is time for myself and others to be allowed the opportunity to ride.

Please submit your comments to DEC and the following:

Chuck Parker, President NYSCC,

Dave Corr, CFAB Region 6 Rep.

If you have any questions or need further information please let me know.

Guy Case

An online survey is also available on the DEC website or at this link:



Law Number: 5 Date Filed: 08/11/2020 Subject: A Local Law Regulating And Permitting Special Events On County Roads, Trails Or Other County Property


August 16, 17 and 18, 2019

Woodsmen's Field Days The Northern Oneida County ATV Club, Inc would like to thank all those that bought
assorted club items, raffle tickets, 50/50 tickets or maps.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, local businesses and friends for the raffle donations.

Northern Oneida County ATV Club would like to thank those members and non-members
who gave of their time to staff the booth. They were Tim Fraser, Lynda Fredrick, John Furness,
Peggy Furness, John Mola, Dave Smith and Greg Stiefvater.

The winners of the raffles were:

First place: Darlene Horton of Northville, NY who chose the package with
Slime, restaurant and bar gift certificates, lottery tickets, assorted tshirts, atv key chains,
gift basket of assorted food products, digital bbq thermometer and more.

Second place: Bill Smith from Remsen, NY who won the package with a chain saw bar
and replacement chain, assorted tshirts, sweat shirt, bed and breakfast gift
certificate, hat, bungee cords, atv key chains and more.

The 50/50 winner was Steve Chruscicki of Marcy NY. Steve is an atv rider who
said he realizes atv clubs stay alive by members dues and fund raisers.
So, Steve donated his winnings back to the NOCATV Club. Thank you, Steve for the donation.

Thank you to the Woodsmen's Field Days for allowing us to participate in this great event.

The raffle donations were made by the following: Boonville Auto Parts,
Charlie's Liquor Store, Awesome Country, American Hotel Bar & Grill,
NOCATV Club, John & Peggy Furness, Adirondack Cycle and Snow,
Fox Brothers Automotive, Wine & Spirits, Jett Vinyl Graphics,
Slims Restaurant, Milk Plant Tavern and Gille's Bed & breakfast.
Thank You all for the donations!

On a personal note, I would like to thank all those who picked up a Donate Life application.


July 21, 2019

New York hearing, comment period scheduled on major access proposal

Significant opposition expected; OHV support essential

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a comment period and public hearing on the proposed update of the Treaty Line Unit Management plan for 19,186 acres in central New York. It is significant to AMA members and the entire northeastern U.S. OHV community, because a plan has been presented for a public OHV riding area, much of which lies within the Treaty Line Unit.

The AMA has been involved in the development of the Lumberjack Trails Adventure Area plan over many months, assisting a local advocate well versed in off road motorcycle riding and competition. A summary of the OHV plan is available here: Lumberjack Trails Adventure Area

The OHV plan was submitted after the draft proposal was complete. We need your support to convince the DEC to consider the OHV plan.

With no legal, public ATV or dirt bike access in New York and a strong-anti-OHV lobby from the Sierra Club and Adirondack Council, the OHV community must present a strong case for OHV access by submitting comments and showing up at the public hearing. The proposal author has done a tremendous job of garnering local and state politicians’ support. It’s time now for the riding public to step forward to support legal riding on New York state lands.

Whether you prefer to submit your own comments or use our pre-written message, act now!

Hearing: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Sidney Junior/Senior High School Auditorium, 95 W. Main St., Sidney, N.Y.

To submit comments, use AMA’s quick and easy message system or one of DEC’s four options.

If you chose to use AMA’s prewritten message, simply fill in your information on the form attached to this message. You can review our prerwritten message before sending it. It would be more helpful and effective if you add the positive impacts OHV riding has on you, your family and the communities in which you ride. Your message will go directly to the DEC, with your name attached.

You also may send an email supporting the many benefits of responsible OHV access, to with the subject line “Treaty Line Unit”.

You directly contact: Jason Schoellig, senior forester, NYS DEC, 2715 State Route 80, Sherburne, NY 13460, (607) 674-4017 ext. 607; or Nathan Funk, senior forester, NYS DEC, 65561 State Route 10, Stamford, N.Y. 12167, (607) 652-3694.

Finally, there will be opportunities to provide both formal and informal comments at the July 31 hearing.

Comment Deadline: Nov 1, 2019

For more information, contact either of the DEC staff personnel listed above, visit Lumberjack Trails Facebook page here or contact the AMA at The current draft of the Treaty Line Unit Management Plan, without the OHV plan, is available on the DEC website.

Thank you in advance for providing comments and/or attending the hearing. Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to do both as well. If you do submit comments, please forward a copy to us at

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights–on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at

If you are an AMA member, encourage your friends to join by telling them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and the role the AMA plays in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

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May 11, 2019

The club will hold a chicken bbq on Saturday May 11 at the Great American parking lot in Boonville. It will also be selling tshirts, hats, basket sale, lottery board, Lewis County ATV Trail maps and NOCATV Club coozies.


Lewis County ATV Trail System Law

LOWVILLE: For the first time in 10 years, the local law governing the Lewis County trail system has been re-established, compiling all of the relevant laws and updates made over the years into one piece of legislation that also better reflects the current market trends in recreation.
Local law 2-2019 was unanimously approved by the Lewis County Board of Legislators at their regular meeting on Tuesday, after some discussion surrounding the addition of UTVs, also known as side-by-sides, to the list of acceptable off-road vehicles on the trail system, joining all terrain vehicles and dirt bikes.

District 7 Legislator Gregory Kulzer questioned the liability issues that may be involved by allowing UTVs over 1,000 pounds on the trails despite the fact that they do not qualify for registration in this state.

Recreation Parks and Forestry Director Jackie Mahoney said there is always potential liability involved when riders are using the trails but that potential isn’t increased for UTVs because no state registration is required for trail riding and in order to get a trail permit, all off-road vehicles are required to present proof of insurance.

Mrs. Mahoney said in a separate interview that New York is the only state that does not allow UTVs weighing up to at least 1,500 pounds, but for many up to 2,000 pounds, to be registered.

Part of the reason to re-work the local law is to compensate for antiquated state laws written in the 1980s because an increasing number of trail users drive UTVs instead of ATVs.

UTVs up to 2,000 pounds are now allowed only on county trails, not on roads which are governed by state law.

Like the state, many of the village ATV laws were also written in the 1980s and ‘90s when many or most village roads were open to ATV use to go from trail to trail, however, Mrs. Mahoney said there has been controversy in places like Constableville and Turin where those laws were changed at one point to close village roads.

When the county law was written in 2009, any village or town that had not changed its laws within six years was grandfathered in and could remain; however, those that did make changes within that time frame were required to make changes that Mrs. Mahoney referred to as vague, making the implementation confusing and difficult for municipal leaders.

A Constableville resident successfully sued to ensure village roads would not allow ATVs and a Turin resident has frequently threatened to do the same, Mrs. Mahoney said.

Laws set in the 1980s by the state and the county in 2009 haven't caught up to the market, because UTVs weren't popular during those periods, limiting the potential for recreational tourism, but by allowing the vehicles on off-road trails only, Mrs. Mahoney feels they have solved that issue.

You can be more restrictive but you can't be less restrictive than the vehicle and traffic laws allowed by the state, she said.

UTVs with permits will only be able to cross over roads to go from trail to trail, not travel on the roads.

The local law also makes exceptions for use of some trails that may be marked as closed or otherwise limited by the county.

There will be some trails restricted by weight and size, Mrs. Mahoney said, but they will be marked on the map and with signs.

Another big change in the new iteration of the trail law involves putting some teeth to the violations of the law, Mrs. Mahoney said.

In 2009, fines for breaking trail laws were $100, but now, driving on the trails without a permit, going on property that is not in the trail system and any other violation of the trail law will incur a $250 fine the first time and $500 the second time.

Going over the 25 miles-per-hour trail speed limit will net a $500 fine.

The new law also brings together all legislation relating to trails.

These laws needed to be put in one place. There are about 16 laws that have been added since 2009, Mrs. Mahoney said.

The trail system is composed of a mixture of county-owned re-forestation properties and private land volunteered for the system.

All trail drivers must pay for seasonal trail permits or trail passes, which can take up to two weeks to issue, to use the trail system.

For more information about permits and passes or to view trail maps go to

This article is courtesy of Lewis County Legislature re-establishes trail system law


November 23, 2018

DEC Asking for Public Input on Tug Hill East Draft Unit Management Plan and East Branch Fish Creek Easement RMP Update I am pleased to announce that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is developing a plan to guide the management of the 20,322 acre Tug Hill East Unit Management Area. The unit is a patchwork of 7 State Forests and one Unique Area located along the southeast portion of Tug Hill, in the towns of Lewis, Martinsburg, Osceola, Turin and West Leyden in Lewis County. These lands have a direct impact on the region’s economy and enhance the quality of life of both local residents and the general public. People recreating on these state lands utilize the services offered by neighboring communities. Many people enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, trapping, skiing, and other outdoor activities on this area. Timber produced bolsters the local economy and these lands also serve as a core of underdeveloped lands for wildlife and native plants. As part of the planning process, issues will be identified and alternatives for resolving those issues will be considered. Management actions considered to resolve issues could have different impacts to different users of the area and to the communities adjacent to the unit. Therefore, your input into this plan is important from the early stages and throughout the planning process. Please feel free to contact me the Planning Team Leader, now or anytime during the development of this plan fax or e-mail at: 7327 State Route 812, Lowville, NY 13367 Phone (315) 376-3521, fax (315) 376-8059, Thank you for your interest in State Land Management. Andrea Mercurio Forester I, Bureau of State Land Management Division of Lands & Forest New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 7327 State Rt 812, Lowville, NY 13367 P: (315) 376-3521 | F: (315) 376-8059 |

November 2018

DEC Opens Public Comment Period on Revised Recreation Management Plan for Oswegatchie Conservation Easement 30-day comment period opens November 21st and ends December 21st The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to read the revised draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement (CE) and return comments on it. The Oswegatchie CE encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park. The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. The 30-day public comment period opens on Wednesday, November 21st. Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to the contact person below. All comments must be received by December 21, 2018. Matthew Nowak, Sr. Natural Resources Planner NYSDEC 7327 State Route 812 Lowville, NY 13367 Notable changes include: Subject to an annually reviewed temporary revocable permit, Lewis County will be authorized to administer seasonal ATV use on Bald Mountain Road. Some alternative snowmobile routes have been relocated. A parking area and a foot trail will provide easier access to Deer Pond. The revised draft RMP is available to view or download on the DEC website . Copies of the RMP are also available on CD and can be requested by e-mail at or from the DEC Region 6 offices in Watertown 315-785-2263 and in Lowville 315-376-3521.

Woodsmens Field Days 2018

August 18, 20018

Thank you to the members that volunteered to staff the NOCATV Club booth. They were Lynda Fredick, Henry Barto, John Mola, John Furness, Tim Fraser, the Kowaliks, Allyn Kelsey and the Yeltons. Thank you for giving up some of your weekend for the club.


August 9, 2018

The club would like to thank Mr. Robert A. MacKenzie III, AEMT-P/CEM/CFC, Director of Fire And Emergency Management of Lewis County, NY. for his time to inform us of drug hazards. There is a link for a video of a similar class on the video page and some pictures on the picture page.


June 27, 2018

West Turin and Constableville landowners: The local businesses in the village of Constableville need your help! By court order the ATV trail thru the village has been closed. We are looking for landowners that would allow an ATV trail on their land to provide an off road trail to the Circle K and The Alpine Restaurant. These businesses are a very important to the local area we would not want to see them close up shop.

Please contact: The Highmarket Wheelers or Lewis County Recreation Forestry and Parks -Jackie Mahoney at 315-376-5972


May 01, 2018

Welcome to the revamped web site of the Northern Oneida County ATV Club. With technology advancements comes obsolesce at an ever faster pace. Thus, it was time (15yrs or so) for the web site to be updated. Explore the new site and find some old, some new and some yet to come features as we evolve the site. Thank you for visiting us on the web. Also, we are on Facebook as nocatvclub.


December 12, 2017

Here is the public announcement>>

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