OSI purchases over 1,000 acres of forest in Wawarsing

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(photo: Open Space Institute)

WAWARSING – The Open Space Institute has acquired over 1,000 acres of the “Shawangunk-Catskill Connector” property from T&T Associates, Inc. for $2.3 million.

The property is situated between the southern boundary of the Catskill Park and the northwestern boundary of the Shawangunk Ridge.

The purchase means the property is protected from future development.

“In fast growing regions like Ulster County, it is becoming increasingly important for OSI to identify conservation opportunities, and act swiftly and with determination to save the land that matters for the health of our families, our communities, and our planet,” said OSI President Kim Elliman.

The property is seen as an essential part of creating a corridor linking more than 30,000 acres of protected land along the Shawangunk Ridge to more than 288,000 acres of protected land in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

The property is anticipated to be transferred to the State Department of Environmental Conservation as additional protected land for public recreational use.