Friend of Rogers: DEC will keep trails open, but won’t maintain grounds or facilities

SHERBURNE – Friends of Rogers, a non-profit volunteer organization, has relayed more information from the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the scheduled Dec. 31 closure of Rogers Center.

According to the group’s vice president and spokeswoman Sharon Pelosi, the DEC has indicated it will close the Rogers Center’s Visitors Center, Bird Cabin and public restrooms by the end of the year.

Pelosi also reported the DEC intends to keep the site’s grounds open to the public, including its six miles of hiking trails, but added that the state will no longer conduct any routine maintenance at the location.

“The grounds and trails on property will remain open for public use; however, DEC will not conduct regular trail maintenance or snow removal. Without access to restrooms and assistance with snow removal, the Friends’ popular annual Winter Living Celebration, which had been scheduled to take place on Jan. 8, appears uncertain,” the non-profit group reported in a written statement Sunday.

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