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Public hearing on large Rt. 28 fabrication plant scheduled for Monday, June 21

Public hearing on large Rt. 28 fabrication plant scheduled for Monday, June 21

The Bluestone Wild Forest, three miles west of Kingston off route 28, comprises 3000 acres of hemlocks and oak, laced with 29 miles of gently rolling hiking and mountain biking trails, lakes, ponds and old quarries, making it ideal for fishing, hunting, trapping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Within its borders lies one of the only publicly accessible lakes in the Catskills, Onteora Lake, a swimming and paddling mecca for nearby Woodstock residents. Now nature lovers find themselves at odds with a businessman who plans to build a steel and concrete fabrication plant adjacent to the forest and just 100 meters from the lake. 

Spend First Saturdays on the Trail with the Woodstock Land Conservancy

Spend First Saturdays on the Trail with the Woodstock Land Conservancy

The Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) has released its First Saturdays on the Trail schedule for 2021. If you want to participate in these expert-led nature hikes and activities, you’ll need to sign up well in advance. The January 2 Winter Stream Walk, visiting various habitats along the Sawkill Creek near the Zena Cornfield – whose preservation was the focus of the battle that brought WLC into being 33 years ago – was full up.

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

DEC plans to extend deer-hunting hours, crossbow use

Deer-hunter numbers are declining, and existing hunters should be given more opportunities to keep the population sustainable, which reduces damage to forest ecosystems and agriculture and minimizes vehicle collisions. That’s the overall takeaway from the DEC’s draft ten-year deer management plan.