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Bluestone Wild Forest - Unit Management Plan

The Bluestone Wild Forest forms the easterly border of the Catskill Forest Preserve near the City of Kingston, New York. Its lands are in the Towns of Hurley, Woodstock, Ulster and Kingston in Ulster County. The Wild Forest consists of numerous smaller parcels scattered throughout this region and a loosely connected mosaic of parcels making up the largest piece between Zena Road (Route 39) and State Route 209.

The Department completed a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Bluestone Wild Forest in 1997. If you would like to obtain a copy of the UMP, please contact us at r3.ump@dec.ny.gov.

February 2014 Draft Amendment - Trail Construction, Designation and Fisheries Management

This amendment proposes three projects within the Bluestone Wild Forest:

  • Construct and mark a new 2.5 mile mountain bike trail to be located within the Jockey Hill section of the unit.

  • Update the official trail network of the unit by designating appropriate trails and re-routing or closing inappropriate trails

  • Manage Onteora Lake as a warm water recreational fishery

Opportunities for Public Input

The public comment period for the Draft UMP Amendment is now closed. For information regarding the UMP process, please use the contact information below.


Robert Mackenzie
NYS DEC - Region 3
21 South Putt Corners Rd.
New Paltz, NY 12561-1620
(845) 256-3083

Download the Draft Amendment

Bluestone Wild Forest Draft UMP Amendment - PDF (1.38 MB)

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