NEW PALTZ – The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting Wednesday on a revised management plan for the Stewart State Forest and several smaller forests west of the Hudson River.

The Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, which was instrumental in preserving the 6,700-acre Stewart forest, objects to one proposal: a plan to construct a 21-acre range for firearms training for law enforcement personnel.

The plan says the area has “informally and traditionally been used for this activity.”

But Sandra Kissam, president of SPARC, said the sounds from a firing range will be “more intense” than the occasional shot fired by a hunter.

She said she fears expanding use of the range could discourage other public use of the forest.

Wednesday’s meeting will take place at the DEC’s regional office, 121 South Putt Corners Road in New Paltz.

DEC staff will be available to talk one-on-one with the public from 6 to 7 p.m., and the formal public meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Copies of the plan are available on the DEC web site,