DEP temporarily closes rec lands north of Ashokan

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KINGSTON – The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has temporarily closed some recreation lands on the northern border of the Ashokan Reservoir, creating a safe work zone as Ulster County begins preliminary work on a new recreational trail.
The closure is expected to run from now through early spring. Some areas may need to be closed again periodically to allow for construction of the trail.
The areas to be closed include Bushkill, Sand Hill, Ashokan North, Glenford and the Ashokan Fishing Access area.
Ulster County will construct an 11.5-mile trail that will run through the lands along the northern border of Ashokan Reservoir. The first stages of work include removal of dead and dying trees, including ash trees in danger of falling because they were killed by the emerald ash borer beetle.