DEC adds 241 acres to Catskill Forest Preserve

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ALBANY – The State Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 241 acres in the Catskills, including 208 acres adjoining existing Forest Preserve lands in the Bluestone Wild Forest that will preserve open space and expand recreational opportunities to support the local economy. 

The purchases of the two properties were made possible through a partnership with the Open Space Institute) and $758,000 from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

“New Yorkers will have new opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Catskills thanks to these significant acquisitions, which will expand our trail network to connect the Jockey Hill and Onteora Lake properties in the Bluestone Wild Forest and protect critical habitat in the town of Wawarsing,” Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

In addition, DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL Campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect. The campaign invites people to take the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect themselves and others when enjoying the outdoors.

During the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19, New Yorkers across the state want and need to get outside for a nature break, which is good for physical and mental health. Click here for a video message from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid.