By Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) - A preservation group has acquired a 615-acre tract long considered a key addition to the Sam’s Point portion of Minnewaska State Park, 60 miles north of New York City.

The Open Space Institute says the acquisition was a priority of the New York State Open Space Plan. It was the largest remaining tract of private land on the Shawangunk Ridge.

At 23,000 acres, Minnewaska is now the third-largest state park in New York, through a series of expansions spearheaded by the nonprofit institute.

The park includes magnificent waterfalls along towering cliffs, globally rare pine barrens, ice caves, sky lakes, a network of historic carriage roads and world-class rock-climbing cliffs.

The institute bought the tract for $621,000 and will hold it until the state is ready to buy it.

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