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Schroon day use area closed for 2010 season

SCHROON LAKE - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that seven campgrounds and two day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks will not open in 2010 - two locally.

The Scaroon Manor Day Use Area in Schroon Lake and the Sharp Bridge campsite in North Hudson will be closed this summer.

DEC officials said the decision is based on New York State's fiscal crisis.

New York State faces an $8.2 billion budget deficit in 2010-11.

"The actions are necessary in order to achieve the agency's 2010-11 savings target and to help address the state's historic fiscal crisis," said Yancey Roy of the DEC.

The facilities were selected based upon usage rates over previous years and proximity to other camping facilities.

DEC said it will direct campers from the Sharp Bridge site to DEC campsites at Paradox Lake in Schroon and Lincoln Pond in Moriah.

DEC will continue to maintain 45 other campgrounds with approximately 5,900 campsites and five day-use areas in New York's Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

Individuals who have made reservations for the 2010 season at these campgrounds will be contacted about making alternative camping reservations or will be provided with a refund.

A map and a list of all DEC campgrounds are available on line at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7825.html.

A list of day-use areas is available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7771.html.

For information about making reservations go on line at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8299.html.

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