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Sterling Mountain Fire Tower

US 102, New York 4

Town of Warwick
Orange County, New York

Elevation:  1320'
Coordinates:  N41 11 41.16 W74 16 41.16
Administrative Unit:  N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Cooperators:  N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Highlands Group of the Forest Fire Lookout Association

Date Registered:  1_/18/1995

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The Sterling Forest in the New York / New Jersey Highlands is much in the news as federal, state and local governments deal with successive landowners on plans for development and protection of one of the last great open spaces near New York City. On top of it all sits Sterling Mountain Fire Tower. Built by the State of New York in 1923, the 60 Aermotor LS-40 tower with 7x7 steel cab has not been staffed for many years. In 1993 members of the NY/NJ Highlands Group of the Forest Fire Lookout Association replaced the glass in the tower.  A 15 x 25 ground cabin remains in good condition.  The lookout was transferred to the Palisades Interstate Park System in 1998.  This fire tower is now under the control of the Bear Mountain State Park Fire Control Bureau. The facility has been fully restored, and is open to the public. The facility operates as an active forest fire detection site by volunteers.

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