Friday, February 15, 2019

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Open Space Institute buys over 200 acres in Bluestone Wild Forest

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KINGSTON/WOODSTOCK – The Open Space Institute has purchased 208 acres of land that will link two unconnected sections of the Catskill Park’s Bluestone Wild Forest – Jockey Hill to the east and Onteora Lake to the west.

The organization paid $650,000 to the Aldulaimi family for the property, which it plans to turn over to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for perpetual stewardship.

OSI Program Manager Thomas Gravel expects the transfer to take place by the end of the year.

“Right now we are engaged in a planning process that will create a new trail system for the property for hiking and mountain biking so that public will be able to enjoy the property once it is transferred to New York State and we are able to do this critical work because we have great partners like Woodstock Land Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and advocacy groups like Fats in the Cats (Bicycle Club),” Gravel said.

Ten minutes from the Thruway in Kingston, the acquisition creates regional connectivity of protected lands, and permanently protects a scenic, forested parcel for public enjoyment and recreation.

 


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