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Illegal camping on Wittenberg Summit

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Illegal camping on Wittenberg Summit

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Town of Shandaken in Ulster County

Wilderness Enforcement: On Aug. 20 at 8 a.m., Forest Ranger Franceschina received several photos of a couple camped on the summit of Wittenberg Mountain. Rangers Franceschina and Martin responded, but by the time they reached the summit at approximately 11:30 a.m., the subjects had left the area. Rangers continued their foot patrol, checking neighboring peaks and the Terrace Mountain lean-to. Rangers spoke to passing hikers and determined the illegal campers were on their way back to the trailhead. At 4 p.m., Rangers found the pair and issued tickets for camping above 3,500 feet and having a fire above 3,500 feet in the Catskill Park.

Between March 22 and Dec. 20, camping is prohibited above an elevation of 3,500 feet in the Catskills, except in an emergency. Fires are prohibited above 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks and 3,500 feet in the Catskills, except in an emergency.

New York DEC Rules on Primitive camping: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41282.html

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