The Dutchess County Environmental Management Council (EMC), the Legislature’s citizen advisory board on environmental issues, wholeheartedly endorses County Executive Marcus Molinaro’s proposal for expansion of the County Park System by purchase of the Lake Walton Property in the Town of East Fishkill from Scenic Hudson.
With 230 acres of open space adjacent to the William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail, the purchase will provide recreational opportunity in a natural environment for the public. Access to natural space is an important aspect of life in the Hudson Valley, particularly for the youth of this area, and this action will greatly expand access to the natural environment for all our residents. At the same time, this action will provide responsible protection for a sensitive environment entailing wetland and forest resources.
With such a favorable proposal from Scenic Hudson, EMC endorses the purchase of this vital property by Dutchess County for the benefit of its residents and the responsible preservation of the associated natural environment. EMC recommends that all county legislators vote in favor of this proposal.
Steve MacAvery, Chair Dutchess County Environmental Management Council