Butler Manor Woods
Butler Manor Woods, located within Mount Loretto Unique Area, encompasses roughly 18 acres of wetlands. It is a remarkable parcel of land that truly complements and beatifies the incredible ecological diversity already found within Mount Loretto State Forest.
Butler Manor Woods receives its name from the Butler family, who owned almost 100 acres of the original land during the early 1900s. Prior to that however, in the 1880s the Catholic Archdiocese of New York had used the property, which also included Mt. Loretto, to minister to the hungry, homeless and disabled children and adults who lived in and around the area. Due in part to the Archdiocese's dedication and passion to open space, it is quite fitting that this property will now forever be preserved as a sort of natural sanctuary for New Yorker's and visitors alike.
The property was purchased in 2006 through funding and collaborative efforts between the Trust for Public Land, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the US Department of Justice & the US Environmental Protection Agency, and grants secured by Senators Schumer and Clinton, Congressman Fosella, and the support of Congressman Jose Serrano. The area is a part of the NYSDEC's Open Space Conservation plan, which serves as the blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts that, over the past several years, have conserved nearly a million acres of land.
Butler Manor Woods may be accessed by via Hylan Blvd between Page Ave and Richard Rd.
State Forest Office (M-F 8 am - 4 pm): 718-482-4942