Hudson Valley News
12:24 pm
Sat April 13, 2013

Tree Cleanup Temporarily Closes A Park Area in Ulster County

Credit Patrick Stahl, flickr

A public area in a part of New York’s Ulster County is closed for two weeks to clean up trees damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The east side of the public park space near the Ashokan Reservoir Fountain, off Route 28A in the town of Olive, is closed until April 25 to facilitate the clean-up and removal of trees toppled or damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  Hundreds of Norway spruce and White Pine trees in a 15-acre area were damaged during the storm. The Ashokan Fountain will remain open from dawn to dusk.  Through an open-bid process, New York City Department of Environmental Protection officials contracted with a private timber harvester to remove the fallen trees at no cost to the City. A DEP spokesman says the harvester will pay DEP for the trees, and the trees will provide enough lumber to build nearly 25 homes. The project also includes clean-up work in the forest on the north shore of the East Basin at Jones Cove. Fishing boats stored at Jones Cove will be accessible. However, anglers will be detoured around the forestry work.