State Buys North Beacon Mountain

State Buys North Beacon Mountain

Hudson Highlands State Park has purchased almost 1,250 acres of the Fishkill Ridge from Scenic Hudson for $2 million. “This project demonstrates the benefits of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development strategy—recognizing that protecting the state’s fabulous natural resources and job creation go hand-in-hand. This is a foundation of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council  and its ‘green circle’ strategy to focus resources on the Hudson Valley’s great natural, historic and cultural treasures,” said Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan.

The purchase  includes historic North Beacon Mountain, from whose summit signal fires kept George Washington informed of British troop movements in the Hudson Highlands during the Revolutionary War. For much of the 20th century, this mountain was the site of the world’s steepest incline railway. In addition, there are connections to trails in Scenic Hudson’s Mount Beacon Park and other existing trails in Hudson Highlands State Park.

Full report on Scenic Hudson’s website.

One Response to State Buys North Beacon Mountain

  1. Stefanie says:

    Unfortunately, this purchase also changed the hunting regulations. I own a home in Beacon Hills butted up against Fishkill Ridge. Gun Hunting was illegal (bow hunting was) on this pracel of land under Scenic Hudson, but now it is NY state land and under state regulations gun hunting is allowed. I have no problem with responsible people owning guns and hunting, unfortunately not all hunters are and I have heard gunshots too close to my home. I have also heard from neighbors that have seen hunters on their property even though “no tresassing” signs were extremely visible. I caution people hiking around Mt Beacon and the Fishkill Ridge during hunting season, or at least make sure you are wearing bright orange! (gun hunting season runs mid-Nov mid december, http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html#deer)

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