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8:33 am
Mon December 24, 2012

DEP transfers over 800 acres to state for recreational use

New York City is going to turn over title to 815 acres of land it owns in the Greene County, New York Town of Windham as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's watershed for recreational use. WAMC's Hank Gross reports.

WINDHAM – New York City will turn over title to 815 acres of land it owns in the Greene County Town of Windham as part of the Department of Environmental Protection's watershed for recreational use.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation will manage the property just outside the Catskill Park as “wild forest.” The site was selected due to the extensive network of pre-existing dirt roads that are suitable for biking and other recreational uses. The DEC plans to solicit public input regarding future recreational uses as part of its Unit Management Plan process.

Windham Town Supervisor Stephen Walker said the town is interested in pursuing more trails for mountain biking, cross-country skiing and other recreational uses.

DEP manages the water supply for New York City and also provides water for residents in Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Westchester counties.

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