A Beginner's Guide to Buying Snowshoes

 
Before purchasing your first pair of snowshoes and heading out to your local winter wonderland, there are several things to
 consider.

Draft Statewide Greenways Plan Released and Ready for Comments


If you use and care about New York's multi-use trails, we encourage you to read and comment on New York’s Draft Statewide Greenway Trails Plan, released in early November.

The plan provides a framework to expand and enhance the state's network of greenway trails by identifying and prioritizing new connections and providing information and resources for effective future development. It includes a vision and recommendations for the future growth of the state’s greenway trail network and an interactive map of existing, planned, and proposed greenway trails across the state.
 
PTNY was instrumental in the introduction and passage of the legislation that required the state to undertake the plan. PTNY also played an essential role in the development of the plan, partnering with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to conduct stakeholder webinars and an online trail user survey.

Read the draft greenways plan and explore the interactive map at www.greenwaysplan.org.

Friends-to-Friends Workshops
Build Stronger G
rassroots Organizations

 

The Friends-to-Friends Webinar Series is well underway, with just one webinar left. Almost 200 members of Friends groups and other grassroots organizations from across the state have registered to learn and share tips and resources.

 

Recordings are available for the first two workshops on programming during COVID and fundraising and membership.

 

The final workshop of 2020,

Engaging With Your Park Community, is today, December 17 at 4:00 pm. There's still time to register!

 

PTNY is looking forward to offering more opportunities for Friends to connect in the new year, so keep an eye out for more virtual sessions in the future.

TrailsBlog: Explore Troy along the
Uncle Sam Bikeway

 
Something about the Uncle Sam Bikeway shouts community character. From the origins of its namesake to the charming urban landscape, the Uncle Sam Bikeway has proved to be a worthwhile investment over the years. 

Bicyclists Bring Business Webinar
Considers Future of Bicycle Tourism 

 
Bicycle tourists help boost the economies of trail towns along the Erie Canalway Trail and other trails around the state. How communities can better attract and welcome these unique visitors was the focus of a virtual webinar held on November 17.

PTNY and the NYS Canal Corporation were joined by guest speakers from Cycle Forward, the NYS Brewers Association, and Tinsel in Albion, NY who shared successful strategies to help communities realize the economic benefits of bicycling. A panel discussion touched on community engagement, planning and design, obstacles, low-cost improvements, partnerships, and the role of social media. Program highlights included information about the popularity of cycling and the growth of the bicycle tourism market, strategies to create and sustain a bicycle-friendly community, and information on initiatives currently underway across the state.

Videos of the virtual discussion are available on the PTNY website.

Silver Linings from 2020


This year has been difficult. We wanted to share some silver linings that our supporters and partners have made possible.

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FIELD NOTES

A new 2.4-mile section of trail in Herkimer County helps to close gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail, part of the soon-to-be-completed Empire State Trail.
 
Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, New York State Parks, Parks & Trails New York, and members of the multi-use trail community participated in a public forum following the recent release of the 2020 Draft New York Greenway Trails Plan on December 3.

PTNY has joined more than 175 groups to launch a new coalition to protect funding for critical environmental programs that support hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, fortify local New York economies, protect clean drinking water, create new parks, advance environmental justice, and mitigate the intensifying climate crisis. Read more.

Final work on another section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail in the Hudson Valley is complete and 23 miles of continuous trail is now open to the public.

The State Historic Preservation Board recommends 16 nominations for the state and national registers of historic place, including the Tahawus Masonic Lodge, now run as a cultural center in Essex County and AME Zion Church, home to the oldest African American congregation in the city of Kingston, and Mt. Zion Cemetery, 

11-acre expansion at Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site offers further interpretive and recreational opportunities.
 

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