Purchases 130 acres for buffer, access point

New York State has purchased 130 acres of open space that will be added to the 22,000-acre Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County, officials announced Jan. 12.

The property was part of Greenwood Forest Farms, which operated from 1919 until the 1960s as a resort for prominent Black families from Harlem and Brooklyn. A neighborhood to the west was founded by a group of prominent Black families from New York City.

The land will provide a buffer for wildlife and a new access point to the forest, the state said. The price tag was $364,000.

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