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									County of Rockland Youth Bureau

NEWS RELEASE
Date: March 23, 2009 For Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Galione 845-708-7307

Guided walk to take place at Sterling Forest ® State Park this Saturday, March 28th
New City, NY – A guided group walk will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28th at Sterling Forest® State Park, accessible from the Village of Tuxedo Park in Orange County. The group will walk the moderate 4 mile Fire Tower Hike. Please note there are some steep grades. Docent Frank Kemmer will lead the 2-3 hour walk that will provide sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and Sterling Lake. You will also see historic ruins of the mining industries that operated along the shore of Sterling Lake almost 200 years ago. Sterling Forest® State Park comprises 17,953 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas. The park is a watershed for millions and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are also available. Walkers will meet in the parking lot across the street from the Visitor’s Center located at 116 Old Forge Road in Tuxedo Park. Directions: From Route 17N take the CR-72 ramp/Sterling Mine Road (just one mile passed Davis Sport Shop). Continue on CR72/Sterling Mine Road. Make a right onto Long Meadow Road (Route 84). Turn left onto Old Forge Road to the Visitor’s Center. Participants must wear proper footwear (close-toed hiking boots, no sneakers), bring water, and sunscreen. Participants are encouraged to bring a light lunch. Walks are sponsored by the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Rockland County AmeriCorps program and the Rockland County Department of Health’s Steps to a Healthier Rockland program. -more –

Guided Walk / Page 2 Some other walks scheduled for spring are: • Saturday, April 18th – Tallman Mountain State Park in Sparkill at 10 a.m. 4.5-miles loop/moderate to vigorous walk. Enjoy a morning with nature and pack a lunch for a picnic overlooking the Hudson River. • Sunday, April 19th - Greenbrook Sanctuary in New Jersey at 9:15 a.m. Special Event! This nature preserve is located at the top of New Jersey’s magnificent Palisades and is an oasis of solitude and natural beauty. • Saturday, April 25th - Demarest Kill Park in New City at 10 a.m. 0.36-mile loop/easy walk. This special family-friendly walk will provide healthy snacks, Sparkle the Clown, and other fun activities for children. • Saturday, April 25th – Hook Mountain in Nyack at 1 p.m. 7.5 mile loop/strenuous hike, with some steep and demanding climbs. Hike will start from Nyack Beach State Park river level parking lot. The first 1.25 miles will track along the river before starting a gentle climb. This will be followed by a 1.0 mile climb from the river to the intersection of Rockland Lake’s Landing road and the Long Path. A brief (<1.0 mile) but very steep climb will follow to the top of the Palisades with a panoramic view of the Hudson River valley. From here, we will follow the Long Path as it meanders up & down for about 3.5 miles to the crest of Hook Mountain. From there, we will descend 1.5 miles to the parking area by about 5:00 PM. Those looking for a less strenuous walk can return to the parking area before ascending the Palisades, an estimated distance of about 2.5 miles. Pre-registration for walks is recommended. To register for an upcoming walk go to www.rocklandsteps.org/calendar and search for guided walks. Additional walks added to the 2009 schedule will be listed here as well. You will receive notification of upcoming walks after registering to attend one guided walk. For more information about upcoming walks, including directions, please call 845-7087307 or e-mail rcamericorps@co.rockland.ny.us. For a copy of the brochure or for more information about the trails visit www.rocklandsteps.org.

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