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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE00-45

August 29, 2000

Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600)

Lennox Model Forest Tour

The public is invited to a tour of the Lennox Model Forest at 4H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, according to an announcement today by Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E., of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The field trip involves a rugged, occasionally steep, 2-mile trail that highlights various forest management techniques and "best management practices" (BMPs) that are designed to protect water quality. Participants will learn first-hand about wildlife enhancement, crown thinning, shelterwood cuts and other timber harvesting practices that are demonstrated throughout the model forest. They will also learn about proper forest road construction and erosion-control BMPs, such as, water bars, open-top culverts, and broad-based dips.

The Lennox Memorial Forest is a 140-acre research and demonstration site that overlooks the scenic valley of the West Branch Delaware River. The educational forestry program is the first of four Model Forests established by the New York City Watershed Forestry Program, which is administered locally by the Watershed Agricultural Council with funding from DEP. The property is owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County as part of the 4H Camp Shankitunk education facility. The educational forest was established under provisions of the will of John and Florence Lennox. Mr. Lennox was the founder and first director of Camp Shankitunk, the oldest continuously active 4H camp in New York State.

One of four in DEP's summer educational program series, "Exploring Catskill Streams, Wetlands and Forests," the tour will be led by John Schwartz of DEP's Working Lands unit, with assistance from Vicki Shorey of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4 office.

Place: Lennox Memorial Model Forest
Date: September 9, 2000
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the landing (entrance) of the Lennox Forest adjacent to Arbor Hill Road. A large sign and an eight-panel kiosk mark the location. Hiking boots, long pants, T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Sun protection and insect repellant are also advised. Bring drinking water and a snack. If it rains or sprinkles, we'll go. If it pours, the event will be rescheduled. For more information and travel directions, please contact John Schwartz at 845-340-7523.

Travel Directions:

From Kingston and points South/East: Take NYS Route 28 West to the Town of Delhi. Turn left onto Arbor Hill Road and proceed past the SUNY-Delhi golf course. Follow Arbor Hill Road 1-2 miles to Camp Shankitunk. The Lennox Model Forest is on the left, immediately past the 4-H Camp entrance.

From Delhi and points North/East: Take NYS Route 28 East past O'Connor Hospital. Turn right on Arbor Hill Road and proceed past the SUNY-Delhi golf course. Follow Arbor Hill Road 1-2 miles to Camp Shankitunk. The Lennox Model Forest is on the left, immediately past the 4-H Camp entrance.

From Walton and points South/West: Take NYS Route 10 East about 9 miles towards Delhi and through Hamden. Turn right onto County Road 2 and proceed over bridge into Delancey. Turn left onto Arbor Hill Road and follow 2-3 miles towards 4-H Camp Shankitunk. The Lennox Model Forest is on the right, immediately before the 4-H Camp entrance.

 

More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600