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For Release: Thursday, June 29, 2023

DEC to Hold Public Scoping Session for Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan Update on July 17

Public Comments Encouraged on Proposed Update to Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public input to improve recreational opportunities and natural resource protection through a revision to the existing Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan (UMP) at a meeting on July 17, in Wurtsboro. Originally adopted in January 2017, this UMP encompasses approximately 6,810 acres of publicly owned lands located within Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties.

"DEC encourages residents to attend the July 17 public meeting and discuss the Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan," said Regional Director Kelly Turturro. "Public input is crucial in shaping a plan that balances forest management, expands recreational opportunities, and improves public access while protecting natural resources."

The meeting will be held July 17, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mamakating Town Hall located at 2948 US-209, Wurtsboro, NY 12790. Following a short presentation, DEC staff will be available to answer questions and to accept public comments.

The properties contained within this UMP include Huckleberry Ridge State Forest, Graham Mountain State Forest, Gobbler's Knob State Forest, Wurtsboro Ridge State Forest, Roosa Gap State Forest, Shawangunk Ridge State Forest, Witch's Hole Multiple Use Area, and a detached parcel of Forest Preserve lands located along Oregon Trail. The lands covered under this plan are "green certified" forested public lands managed by DEC's Division of Lands and Forests.

The updated plan will focus on:

  • Maintaining and expanding recreational facilities and opportunities;
  • Improving public awareness of these lands; and
  • Maintaining these lands as green certified through sustainable forest management.

The original Shawangunk Ridge UMP (PDF, 34 MB) can be viewed on DEC's website. The UMP update will be developed in accordance with the DEC's Strategic Plan for State Forest Management and State Forest Certification.

In addition to the public meeting, comments regarding the management and any potential opportunities to enhance public access and recreation that could be included in the Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan revision can be submitted to Evan Masten, NYSDEC, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, or email: Comments must be received by Aug. 20, 2023.

Upon completion of the public comment period, the DEC will review and consider all comments received and will develop a draft revision to the Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan. The draft revision will then be released for public review and comment. Comments received during the public review process will help guide the final plan which will dictate the management of these public lands.

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