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For Release: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DEC Encourages Volunteers to Visit Kaaterskill Falls on 'I Love My Park Day'

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today encouraged volunteers to join the agency for an 'I Love My Park Day' stewardship event at Kaaterskill Falls from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Volunteers should meet at the DEC parking lot on Laurel House Road which is accessed via Route 18/North Lake Road in the hamlet of Haines Falls, Greene County.

Kaaterskill Falls, one of New York's tallest waterfalls, is among the most iconic and visited sites in the Catskills. Kaaterskill Falls has been a major tourist attraction for over a hundred years. Due to recent increases in visitors, this natural beauty is in danger of being "loved to death."

This year's I Love My Park Day event will help address some of the impacts from overuse of the falls over the past year. Volunteers will help block unofficial trails, clean up litter, and plant native trees to help prevent erosion. Lunch will be provided and all ages are welcome. Volunteers should bring garden gloves, water, shovels, and hand saw.

This year marks the 7th annual I Love My Park Day event organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and DEC.

To sign up for the event, visit the Parks and Trails New York website.

For more information about I Love My Park Day, visit DEC's website.

New York State has more than five million acres of public lands to enjoy. Help keep these special places beautiful by participating in I Love My Park Day.

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