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Bloesser's Pond is a 4-acre freshwater pond located within a larger 14-acre wetland complex in the Lemon Creek watershed in Southern Staten Island, Richmond County. Activities include walking, bird watching, nature viewing, and photography.

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Wildlife

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General information on animals includes links to information about birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects that inhabit or migrate through the state.

A hardwood forest surrounds the pond and provides habitat for native plants, wildflowers, and many small mammals.

Birds can be seen, including many types of warblers such as the black-throated blue warbler and cerulean warbler, as well as the American bittern and least bittern. Several wetland cover types including deciduous swamp, emergent marsh, shrub swamp, and wet meadow allow for an abundant variety of amphibians and reptiles.

Directions

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Bloesser's Pond can be accessed from Woodvale Avenue, however, there is no designated parking at this time. Parking is available along the shoulder of Woodvale Avenue.

  • Bloesser's Pond (40.518483°N, 74.208404°W) (Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

All coordinates provided are in decimal degrees using NAD83/WGS84 datum.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety

Practice Leave No Trace Principles (leaves DEC website) when recreating on state land to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, minimize impact on the natural resources and avoid conflicts with other users.

All users of Bloesser's Pond must follow all State Land Use Regulations and should follow all Outdoor Safety Practices for the safety of the user and protection of the resource.

For your safety and protection of the resource, the following regulations are in place:

  • All state properties are carry in-carry out facilities.
  • Unauthorized cutting of live trees or new trail building is prohibited.
  • No hunting is allowed on any Region 2 DEC property.
  • Fishing is allowed in compliance with State regulations.
  • No camping is allowed.
  • Keep pets under control and on leash while other forest users are around.
  • Unauthorized use of off-road motorized vehicles is prohibited. This includes cars, trucks, ATVs, and motorcycles.

***Stay Safe - Bring a Friend When Visiting the Property ***

Illegal activities are strictly prohibited on state property.

Planning and Management

The Southern Staten Island Unit Management Plan (SSIUMP) (PDF) addresses five separate parcels: Mount Loretto Unique Area, Lemon Creek, Bloesser's Pond, Arden Heights Woods, and North Mount Loretto State Forest.

Collectively, these properties total 359 acres of open space, and include forest, grassland, freshwater wetland, tidal wetland and coastal marine habitats. Since their acquisition, these sites have been managed to provide a blend of public access and natural resource preservation. The draft UMP establishes our management goals and strategies for the next ten years, and provides for a mid-term review after five years. Already we are anticipating updates to the plan to address as yet unidentified needs for our newest parcel, North Mount Loretto State Forest.

The draft UMP is now available for review on the DEC public website, at the DEC regional office in Long Island City, and at the DEC headquarters in Albany. Please note that due to the large file sizes, some figures are not viewable on the website. A CD of the full plan may be requested from the Long Island City office. See contact information below.

Written comments and requests for additional information may be directed to:
Jeffrey Speich, Supervising Forester
NYSDEC Lands and Forests
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5401
Ph-718-482-4942
Fx-718-482-4502
email comments

Nearby State Lands, Facilities, Amenities & Other Information

State Lands and Facilities

Where to Find Nearby Amenities

  • Lodging and dining opportunities as well as gas, food and other supplies can be found in the nearby community of Staten Island.

Staten Island Tourism (leaves DEC website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.

Numerous guidebooks and maps are available with information on the lands, waters, trails and other recreational facilities in this area. These can be purchased at most outdoor equipment retailers, bookstores, and on-line booksellers.

Additional information, outdoor equipment, trip suggestions and guided or self-guided tours may be obtained from outdoor guide and outfitting businesses. Check area chambers of commerce, telephone directories or search the internet for listings.

Consider hiring an outdoor guide if you have little experience or woodland skills. See the NYS Outdoor Guides Association (leaves DEC website) for information on outdoor guides.


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