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Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest - Draft Unit Management Plan

The Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest are located in the southern Catskill Park, within Sullivan and Ulster Counties. The unit consists of several separated Forest Preserve parcels totaling approximately 30,700 acres, and the Vernooy Kill State Forest which is 3,600 acres. A fire tower is located on top of Red Hill, providing a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Numerous streams including the Vernooy Kill and the Rondout Creek flow through the area.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the Sundown Wild Forest recreation page and the Vernooy Kill State Forest recreation page.

Public Comment Opportunities

The Department has completed a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Sundown Wild Forest and Vernooy Kill State Forest. A public meeting will be held to present the draft plan on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Ellenville Public Library at 40 Center Street, Ellenville, NY.

Written comments will also be accepted on the draft plan until November 13, 2018. Comments can be sent to the following contact:

Pine Roehrs
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Downloadable Documents

Original 1996 UMP

The Department originally adopted a UMP for the Sundown Wild Forest in 1996. This document continues to guide management of the Sundown Wild Forest until the Department adopts a revision to the UMP. There is currently no UMP for the Vernooy Kill State Forest. If you have questions about the current UMP or the UMP process, please e-mail us at

1996 Sundown Wild Forest Unit Management Plan - PDF (7.4 MB)

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