New York State DEC has officially acquired Vroman’s Nose.
The 139-acre parcel, located in the Town of Fulton, was donated to the state by the Vroman’s Nose Preservation Corporation.
“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 make it one of the most recognizable landscapes in the area,” said DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz.
“DEC appreciates the exceptional stewardship of the property undertaken by the VNPC and their generosity in donating this iconic land to the state.”
The recorded history of Vroman’s Nose goes back to the founding of the country.
The property, which juts about 600 feet above the Schoharie Valley floor, was ceded to Adam Vroman by the British in the early 1700s.
In 1983, faced with the possibility that a restaurant might be built on top of Vroman’s Nose, a small group of Mr. Vroman’s descendants banded together to purchase the property and created the preservation corporation to manage the area for public use.
In recent years, use of the property has increased significantly and recognizing the need for proper resources to manage it properly, the VNPC reached out to DEC for helping preserving the property in perpetuity.
“Schoharie County has long been proud of Vroman’s Nose, a treasure for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” said Earl Van Wormer, chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors.
“Now there will be more access and that will be great for local businesses and tourism.”
Fulton Supervisor Phil Skowfoe thanked the state for accepting the donation and preserving it for future generations and VNPC President Susan Vroman Walker said they’re proud to transfer ownership.
“The State of New York will preserve the historic and scenic property for the good of the public and keep it forever wild,” she said.
DEC will manage the property as the Vroman’s Nose Unique Area to protect its outstanding natural resources and to accommodate appropriate public use.