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For Release: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

DEC Announces Temporary Closure of Browns Tract Trail

John Brown Tract Conservation Easement, Old Forge, NY, Herkimer County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today there will be a temporary closure of the southern end of the Browns Tract Trail on the John Brown Tract Conservation Easement (CE) to allow the owners of the land to harvest timber. The 3,078-acre John Brown Tract CE is located southwest of the hamlet of Old Forge in Herkimer County. The tract is currently owned by Heartwood Forestry Fund. The owners signed an agreement with DEC to allow the public to use the property, including trails, for recreation while retaining the right to practice forest management, including the authority to close portions of the property to public use during sustainable timber harvesting operations.

The temporary closure will begin Monday, July 1, 2019 and will last approximately three weeks. Please call DEC Herkimer office at 315-866-6330 before planning a hike on the trail or check the Backcountry Information page on the DEC website for current trail information.

DEC will announce when the trail is reopened. Region 6 is comprised of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

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