TUSTEN — The Conservation Fund, alongside the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), announced on May 16 their multi-year effort to protect the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation …
TUSTEN — The Conservation Fund, alongside the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), announced on May 16 their multi-year effort to protect the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation with an initial purchase of nealy 6,100 acres of the property.
This is the first of a two-phase transaction, with the ultimate goal of the Conservation Fund and BSA to acquire, protect, and maintain approximately 9,400 acres.
The Conservation Fund’s acquisition was made possible through its Working Forest Fund.
With the property acquired by the Conservation Fund, the Scouts will continue to use the grounds for their purposes under an agreement.
“Ten Mile River Scout Reservation is an unparalleled natural asset and an iconic property in the history of Scouting that has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of youth during the past 100 years,” said Richard A. Davies, Scout Executive & CEO of the Greater New York Councils-BSA. “The rich legacy of this land will continue as it remains a destination for Scouts, families and those seeking outdoor recreation.”
The property being purchased features over 18 miles of streams, three miles of river frontage on the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River, and 60 miles of hiking trails.
“DEC is pleased the unique Ten Mile River Scout Reservation property will be protected and preserved for generations to come, enhancing recreational opportunities for the public,” said Kelly Turturro, DEC regional director.
The goal of the Conservation Fund and BSA is to enhance carbon storage, recreational access, climate and fire resilience, and water and wildlife resources throughout the acquired area.
“The Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners in the watershed are delighted by this initiative to permanently protect the Ten Mile River Scout Reservation,” stated Conservancy Executive Director Diane Rosencrance.
“The conservation of large tracts of forestland bordering the Delaware River is integral to protecting water quality and the health of the people and wildlife that rely on it. Ten Mile River is an important component of the landscape and our shared local history in the Upper Delaware River region, and its protection will allow the public to continue to enjoy and benefit from this beautiful property, now and for generations to come.”
*Story compiled by Derek Kirk
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