County protests NYS land acquisition for Bowman Lake expansion

PRESTON – The Chenango County Board of Supervisors is joining the Town of Preston in an official stance against New York’s acquisition of real property to expand Bowman Lake State Park.

In January, the Open Space Institute announced the acquisition of land adjacent to Bowman Lake State Park. The 307-acre property, located in the towns of Preston and McDonough, was secured by OSI at the request of New York State Parks. OSI will hold the land until it’s acquired by State Parks using funding provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.

The property is expected to grow the size of the park by almost 50 percent to nearly 1,000 acres. OSI says the preserved land will provide an important buffer to the camping park’s entrance, add hiking trails, and add new landscapes and habitats to the park.

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