The Open Space Institute (OSI) has conserved an additional 117 critical acres along the scenic Shawangunk Ridge. The newly-conserved land safeguards the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) while serving as a critical connecting parcel for three celebrated trails in the state. A priority acquisition of the New York State Open Space Plan, the 117-acre "Kaufman" property buffers the northern part of the Bashakill WMA and its pristine freshwater wetland, the largest in southeastern New York. Kaufman also links the WMA to three large state forests — Wurtsboro Ridge, Roosa Gap and Shawangunk Ridge state forests — along the Shawangunk Ridge.

(Item posted April 13, 2018)