Hudson Valley Campers Ticketed For Harmful, Unlawful Tenting

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New York State Forest Rangers did everything they could to find suspected illegal campers in the Hudson Valley.

This week, officials in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Review confirmed that two people were caught illegally camping in Ulster County.

Illegal camping in the town of Shandaken Ulster County, New York

At 8 a.m. on Aug. 20, New York State DEC Forest Ranger Franceschina received several photos of a couple camping out at the top of Wittenberg Mountain, officials said. Rangers Franceschina and Martin responded, but by the time they reached the summit around 11:30 a.m., the suspected illegal campers had already left the area, according to the DEC.

The rangers continued to search for the suspected illegal campers on foot. Rangers checked neighboring peaks and the Terrace Mountain shelter. They also spoke to passing hikers and found that the illegal campers were making their way back to the trailhead.

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Wilderness protection at Wittenberg

At 4 p.m., Rangers found the suspected couple and issued tickets to 3,500-foot camping and 3,500-foot fires at Catskill Park.

“Between March 22 and December 20, camping above an elevation of 3,500 feet is prohibited in the Catskills, except in an emergency, the New York State DEC said in a press release.

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