- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

CORNWALL, N.Y. (AP) - A local developer has donated 46 acres for preservation near Black Rock Forest in Orange County, protecting scenery visible from tourist destinations in the Hudson Highlands.

Developer Raffaele Leone donated the tract in the town of Cornwall to the Orange County Land Trust. It’s visible from Schunnemunk Mountain State Park, Black Rock Forest, and Storm King Arts Center.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the vacant parcel consists of mixed deciduous and chestnut oak forest with patches of pitch pine, oak and heath.

William Shuster, executive director of the Black Rock Forest Consortium, says conservation of the property is important for retaining biological diversity in the region.

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