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For Release: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DEC Announces $120,000 in Public Access Improvements to Looking Glass Pond

People of all ages and abilities will enjoy additional recreational opportunities at Looking Glass Pond following $120,000 in improvements at the 22-acre pond located in the Burnt-Rossman Hills State Forest in the Schoharie County town of Fulton, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Keith Goertz announced today.

Improvements at the site include the construction of two new parking areas with informational kiosks, two new accessible fishing platforms, one accessible portable toilet, a new half-mile long accessible trail with a resting bench and a new 0.2 mile long accessible trail leading to a wildlife viewing platform. The new improvements will provide hiking, wildlife watching and fishing access for people of all abilities.

"DEC is pleased to announce these multiple enhancements to the Looking Glass Pond area that will significantly improve the public's ability to get out and enjoy this beautiful, scenic area," Goertz said. "I would like to thank our many local sporting partners who helped make this project a reality."

"We are so fortunate to have a strong sportsmen's organization like the West Fulton Rod and Gun Club that takes its role as an environmental steward seriously," said Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie). "Through its dedication and the DEC's support, as well as generous donations of Cobleskill Stone Products, we are able to make beautiful places like Looking Glass Pond available for everyone to enjoy."

"On behalf of the residents of Schoharie County and the state of New York, I do whole heartedly support the dedication of the Looking Glass Pond facility because it's a true asset to the residents of the state of New York," said Earl Van Wormer, Chair of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors.

The fishing platforms provide accessible public access to the warm water fishery while the new trails provide excellent views of the pond and provide for an enjoyable walk through a unique and varied forest setting.

Looking Glass Pond is a 22-acre pond constructed in partnership with the West Fulton Rod & Gun Club in 1996 at the site of a former grist mill.

The project is being funded by Governor Cuomo's NY Works program and is part of the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, which is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.

The improvements reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to develop and expand public recreation access across the state, providing additional opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy New York's natural resources, boosting local economies and improving the quality of life.

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