State-City Agree to Major Expansion of Recreational Access to Catskill Watershed Lands

About 11,000 acres of New York City-owned land adjacent to State Forest Preserve land in the Catskills will be open to hiking, hunting, fishing and trapping without the need for a city permit under a cooperative agreement between the city and the state. State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis and City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd announced that DEC will patrol the city watershed property to enforce regulations, help protect the environment, and further assist in the management of these lands. The change will be in effect for the 2008-2009 hunting season.

More Information

See the Catskill Forest Preserve web page for more information about the preserve. See Related Links below for more information about NYCDEP’s Watershed Recreation Access Permit.

Click on Title link to view entire article. Thanks to Environment DEC for the submission.

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