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Among the objectives for park preserves according to the New York State Parks and Recreation are: To maintain the integrity of park land, flora, fauna, and scenic vistas; preserve and maintain historical and archeological sites; and provide for the management of all unique, rare, or endangered species of flora and fauna within the park preserve areas; To provide for passive recreational activities such as horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and photography within such park preserve areas; and To ensure that the types and intensity of use of such park preserve lands is commensurate with the goal of maintaining their ecological viability ad balance. To interpret the cultural history and landscape architecture of the park preserve including but not limited to its carriage roads; Rockwood Hall; and the agricultural orientation/activities of its pastures and adjacent Rockefeller properties; To engender a sense of stewardship with our public, and to future generations through educational and public programs; and through a active volunteer corps and intership program.
The Rockefeller State Park Preserve has tremendous value to the region as a natural, visual, recreational and historic resource. It provides an important service to the public by making natural resources, agricultural landscapes, architectural landscapes and their attendant benefits accessible in an area otherwise lacking in open space. The Park Preserve offers unique opportunities to interpret regional ecology and agriculture and to teach about resource protection and restoration; it also represents a rare vehicle for demonstrating present and historic uses of land, and the resulting impacts on landscapes and natural systems. Thus the Park Preserve has the capacity to draw connections on a number of levels between humans and the natural world. The Park Preserve significance to the region is underscored by its location within easy access to a population base of more than 11 million people. The Park Preserve is uniquely situated to bring Hudson Valley agricultural and environmental themes, as well as landscape architecture, to life for the regional public.
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