Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Since the early 1990s, the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park has doubled in size. Once approximately 6,000 acres, Fahnestock is now more than 14,000 acres of protected woodlands, valleys, and plateaus. Scattered throughout are numerous wetlands, streams, lakes, stone outcroppings, meadows, and a wide variety of equestrian, biking, and hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail. Several heavily wooded steep slopes reach 1,100 feet, affording scenic views of the western Highlands.
Working in partnership with the State of New York to enhance and expand the park, OSI has acquired numerous vacant and heavily wooded parcels, converting large tracts of privately owned, undeveloped lands to publicly accessible parkland. Through large acquisitions, OSI and the State of New York have helped avoid the negative water impacts of residential development, such as road construction and stream impoundments. In 2003, for example, OSI acquired the 500-acre Gleneyre property to protect the upper portion of Clove Creek that flows directly into the Fishkill Creek Aquifer, which provides drinking water to tens of thousands of residents in Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
Partners in the acquisition and protection of land conveyed to Fahnestock include The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the Hudson Highlands Land Trust (HHLT), and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation (OPRHP).
CLICK HERE to view an interactive map with numbers that correspond to OSI's acquisitions within Fahnestock State Park
Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park
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