The Trail Conference has helped to secure protection of 67 acres along the Shawangunk Ridge Trail (SRT) in the towns of Greenville and Deerpark in Orange County, NY. The land, adjacent to the 1,500-acre Huckleberry Ridge State Forest and traversed by the SRT, was purchased with the Open Space Institute and with the help of the Orange County Land Trust (OCLT). The land will be held and managed by OCLT. The purchase was finalized November 3, 2014 and announced on December 4.
The 70-mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail extends from High Point State Park in New Jersey nearly to Rosendale in New York, and links with the Appalachian Trail and Long Path.
The entire Shawangunk Ridge is listed in the New York State’s 2010 and Revised Draft 2014 Open Space Plan as a Regional Priority Conservation Project. Other Trail Conference-owned parcels on the Ridge have been purchased by the state’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation and managed as state forest. The expectation is the same will happen with this and other of our holdings on the Ridge when the land acquisition portion of the Environmental Protection Fund is restored to appropriate levels.
Trail Conference Executive Director Ed Goodell says of the purchase, “Protecting the Shawangunk Ridge Trail is one of our Conservation Committee’s priority projects and, working with our partners, we have been very successful in protecting land along it and moving many miles of the trail from roadways. This acquisition is another success in that project, and we thank all who made it possible. The volunteers on our committee deserve our special thanks. Currently, well over half of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail is protected. In addition, we have assisted in the creation of two new state forests on the Shawangunk Ridge: Huckleberry Ridge and Graham Mountain. State Forests.”
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