New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the completed restoration and improvement of an accessible trail at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County. The half-mile Woodland Trail was destroyed by a microburst in May 2018.
“The hard work of the Excelsior Conservation Corps and our regional operations staff made this trail accessible to people of all abilities, and I expect many visitors to enjoy it in the years to come,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I commend the young people who restored this trail. They performed a meaningful public service and helped to safeguard the State’s natural resources and bolster its economic well-being.”
“We are so grateful for the Excelsior Conservation Corps’ work reviving the Woodland Trail and bringing it back to being accessible for people with mobility challenges,” said Stony Kill Foundation Executive Director Erik Fyfe. “Stony Kill is such an outstanding destination, and improvements like this one help make the farm and forests more accessible for everyone to enjoy!”
“The Stony Kill Farm crew of six SCA Excelsior Conservation Corps members completed more than 2,400 service hours on the Stony Kill ADA trail over the course of 10 weeks in the hottest and most humid part of the year,” Zach Belis, ECC Program Manager said.