The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) has completed a Draft Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) (Oct.8) for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial and Hudson Highlands State Parks, located in the Towns of Carmel, Kent, Philipstown, Putnam Valley, Fishkill, and Cortlandt, the Villages of Cold Spring and Nelsonville, and the City of Beacon within Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties.
The master plan outlines OPRHP’s vision for potential capital improvements, operational enhancements and natural and cultural resource stewardship within both parks for the next ten to fifteen years. Factors such as the availability of funding, the need to invest in rehabilitation of existing park infrastructure, and other pressing needs in the entire state parks system will influence the feasibility and timing of the improvements.
Copies of the Draft Plan/DEIS are available for review at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park Office, at the offices of the agency contacts and at the Butterfield Memorial Library, 10 Morris Ave. Cold Spring, NY, the Howland Public Library, 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY and at the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY. The online version of the Draft Plan/ DEIS is available at http://www.nysparks.state.ny.us/inside-our-agency/master-plans.aspx
A public hearing was held on Oct. 13, 2010 at Hubbard Lodge, in Cold Spring, NY. Written comments will be accepted until Nov. 5, 2010. For additional information contact Thomas Lyons at 518.486.2484 or Garrett Jobson, Capital Facilities Manager, Taconic State Park Region, P.O. Box 308, 9 Old Post Road, Staatsburg, NY 12538; (845) 889-4100. You may also comment on the plan by email at: [email protected]
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