Governor Hochul Announces Acquisition of 1,175 Acres on the Rensselaer Plateau

April 20, 2022

excerpted from the Governor's press release:

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the permanent protection of 1,175 acres of forested lands adjoining Pittstown State Forest on the Rensselaer Plateau in the town of Grafton. The recent acquisition from the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, announced as part of New York State’s Earth Week celebration, will double the size of the Pittstown State Forest, preserve critical open space, and expand recreational opportunities to support the local economy.


“New York State is laser focused on preserving and enhancing open space, and the Rensselaer Plateau, just a short visit from the Capitol, provides a spectacular outdoor escape from Albany’s bustling downtown,” Governor Hochul said. “Today’s addition to the Pittstown State Forest, more than doubling its size, will provide expanded outdoor recreational opportunities for locals and visitors while protecting valuable open space and unique wetland communities that define the Rensselaer Plateau.”

photo of Grafton Forest overlook by Nate Simms

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