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State takes ownership of Vroman's Nose

State takes ownership of Vroman's Nose

Landmark will be operated as Vroman's Nose Unique Area
State takes ownership of Vroman's Nose
Atop Vroman's Nose, looking south.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

MIDDLEBURGH — Vroman's Nose, a popular Schoharie County destination for outdoor enthusiasts, is now owned by the state.

The Vroman's Nose Preservation Corp. announced plans in October to give the parcel to the state, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Monday that it has completed the process to take over the 139-acre tract in the town of Fulton, Schoharie County.

The historic Schoharie County landmark, which rises 600 feet above the Schoharie Valley floor, has trails accessible from Mill Valley Road. The land is named after Adam Vroman, an early settler in the area and also a survivor of the 1690 Schenectady Massacre.

"Vroman's Nose is a local jewel that contains a portion of the Long Path trail, sweeping views of the Schoharie Valley, nesting peregrine falcons and a unique geology that makes it one of the most recognizable landscapes in the area," DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz said in a prepared statement announcing the transfer of ownership. "DEC appreciates the exceptional stewardship of the property undertaken by VNPC and their generosity in donating this iconic land to the state."

DEC will manage this property as the Vroman's Nose Unique Area to protect its outstanding natural resources and to accommodate appropriate public use.

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