New parkland added
The effort to conserve the Highlands has gotten a boost with the announcement that the state will purchase the 149-acre McNeil Farm, connecting Goosepond Mountain State Park and Chester Commons Town Park in nearby Orange County.
The Highlands is a region stretching from Pennsylvania through New Jersey and New York into Connecticut. It includes parts of Rockland and Westchester counties, and all of Putnam County.
The heavily forested area helps protect drinking water sources and provides habitat for plants, trees and wildlife.
State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash said the farm will be acquired for $2.8 million, with Orange County kicking in about $400,000 toward the purchase.
The Trust for Public Land helped negotiate the sale.