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For Release: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

DEC Announces Completion of $23,000 Accessibility Improvements at Beals Pond State Forest

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 4 Director Keith Goertz today announced completion of a number of accessible features at Beals Pond State Forest in the town of Masonville, Delaware County. The $23,000 improvement project is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature.

"With the completion of these new accessible features, visitors with mobility impairments and people of all ages can enjoy the natural beauty and recreational opportunities at Beals Pond," said Goertz. "These improvements, through Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, are just a sample of the recreational upgrades that New York has underway to better serve everyone who wants to enjoy our state's great outdoors."

The new features include the rehabilitation of a road that provides access to a number of new accessible features, including a picnic area, trail, campsite and wildlife viewing platform.

The $23,000 project was funded through the state's NY Works Program.

The 1,116-acre state forest is comprised of both plantations and natural tree stands in various stages of succession and offers recreational activities for every season. This variation in forest type and age provides good hunting opportunities for most game species. Opportunities to hike, fish, camp and paddle also exist on the state forest. A portion of the 950-mile Finger Lakes hiking trail runs through the property. Snowmobile trails cross the property that connect to a larger network of trails. Wildlife that can be spotted on the property include songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, ruffed grouse, beaver, deer, turkey and a variety of amphibians.

Get more information about Beals Pond State Forest.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY Initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. This initiative will support the completion of more than 75 projects over the next three years, ranging from improvements to youth camps and environmental education centers to new boat launches, duck blinds and hiking trails.

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