The DEC will publish a plan later this year that will likely include its intention to close camping at the MUA, according to recent personal communication with DEC's New Paltz office.
The "Shawangunk Ridge Unit Management Plan" will be published in about six months. Assuming the American Alpine Club campground is deemed ready for development by then, the plan will formally outline the state's intention to close MUA concurrently with AAC opening.
The unit management plan, which includes various other DEC properties, had been expected this spring, but publication is said to have been delayed by several unrelated real estate acquisitions.
Pressure to close the MUA is coming from the Shawangunk Ridge Partnership, which includes particularly, the Mohonk Preserve and DEC and PIPC, as well as several other organizations.
I note that MP and PIPC are, of course, partners with the American Alpine Club in the new campground.
From the press release of 5/07 on the plan's development:
DEC is currently accepting written input during the development of the draft UMP. For further information or to submit written input, please contact: Ethan M. Pierce, Natural Resources Planner, NYS DEC Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 or call (845) 256-3074.
The 5/07 DEC release, which doesn't include latest MUA news, is found here:http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/33813.html
American Alpine Club release from 18 months ago:http://www.americanalpineclub.org/pdfs/0...2shawangunks%22