ALBANY, NY (09/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) continues to review and update state trail and campground closures in the Adirondack and Catskill regions, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Many state trails continue to be impassable or inaccessible due to the current weather conditions. In the interest of public safety, DEC will continue to assess conditions to determine if new closures are necessary and the status on the reopening of state trails and campgrounds.
"We know how popular these areas are to hikers and how important hikers are to the local economy," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. "We have been able to re-open some of the wilderness areas and much of the trail systems in those areas due to the quick response and hard work of DEC staff and our stewardship partners. I also want to express my appreciation to the public for heeding the closures and allowing us to focus on the trail system. We did not need to respond to any search and rescue calls in the three wilderness areas during the closure."
Unsafe conditions remain in much of the backcountry of the Catskills due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and heavy rains which continue to cause flooding, bridge wash outs, trail wash outs, downed trees and other debris. In addition, many local roads are closed or only single lane traffic. As a result, DEC has received local requests to close trail heads in these impacted areas in an attempt to keep the roads open for local residents and emergency vehicles.
Heavy rains across central New York and the Southern Tier have caused flash floods in some areas. DEC managed areas may be inaccessible and have not been fully assessed for damage at this time. Plan accordingly and be prepared to turn back when conditions warrant.
Many DEC Campgrounds in the Adirondacks and the Catskills experienced significant damage from the storm including flooded areas, road destruction and loss of electric and water service. Campgrounds in the Adirondack Park and in all of the Catskill Preserve are being assessed and evaluated daily and are opening based on their accessibility and safety.
Given the weather and imminent return of flooding to the Northern Catskills and beyond, DEC will not reopen the Catskill regional campgrounds this weekend. In addition, all DEC campgrounds in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties will remain
Given the weather and imminent flooding to the Northern Catskills and beyond, DEC did not reopen the Catskill regional campgrounds. All DEC campgrounds in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties will remain closed until further notice.
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