DEC seeks public input on plan to expand trails at Elm Ridge Wild Forest


WINDHAM – The State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on a proposal to create new multi-use recreational trails at the Elm Ridge Forest in the Town of Windham. Comments will be accepted until the end of the day on March 13.
The Elm Ridge Wild Forest is a 1,355-acre parcel designated as wild forest in the Catskill Forest Preserve. DEC has proposed a draft amendment to the Elm Ridge Wild Forest Unit Management Plan to add roughly five miles of multi-use trails that would expand mountain biking opportunities and create additional access for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and trail running. New signage would also be added to assist in navigating the trail network.
The layout of the additional trails would maximize the user experience, while still conforming to wild forest guidelines, DEC said.
All of the proposed trails would be open to multiple non-motorized uses, including hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing.

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