Assemblyman Colin Schmitt Supports Additions to State Parks in the Hudson Highlands

Acquisitions Will Add Buffers and Protect Natural Habitat Near Hudson Valley Parkland

WASHINGTONVILLE, NY — Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I,LBT,SAM - New Windsor) released the following statement in support of adding additional acres to state parks in the Hudson Valley, expanding the protection of New York’s open spaces, and ensuring the conservation of significant blocks of contiguous forest land. The new parkland includes 179 acres at Schunnemunk State Park in Orange County.

As announced by State Parks, they have acquired a 179-acre property in the town of Cornwall from the Open Space Institute that will expand trail connections and protect a major Orange County watershed containing significant wildlife habitat.

“With State Parks acquiring 179-acres in the town of Cornwall, trail connections will be expanded and these increased protections will advance the growth of our region. This new property will serve as a connection point from Schunnemunk State Park to Black Rock Forest and Storm King State Park.” Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated. “Schunnemunk State Park is rested in our region with pressures for increased development, yet it is part of the critical infrastructure needed that preserves the beauty of our communities, adds to the rich culture of the Hudson Valley, and creates opportunities for families and individuals to embrace nature through outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, hunting, and outdoor sports.”

Schmitt concluded, “I am proud to support this project and the critical conservation efforts of State Parks that will protect and preserve our region for generations to come. I will continue to work with State and Local officials and agencies to ensure additional protections and acreage is added for years to come and the proper funding is included in this year's budget for similar acquisitions.”