Great Promise for Public Lands in 2020

Governor Cuomo's ambitious State of the State announced plans to create two new state parks in the Hudson Valley, add 4,000 acres of land to parks, also in the Hudson Valley, invest $300 million in the Canal System as part of the Reimagine the Canals initiative, and introduce a $3 billion "Restore Mother Nature" bond act.

Reimagine Report Proposes $300M Investment in Canal System 

Reimagine the Canals report calls for a $300 million investment to boost tourism, mitigate flooding, and enhance upstate communities.

TrailsBlog: Everyone's on the Vestal Rail Trail

Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists are among the more than 10,000 people who every month enjoy the Vestal Rail Trail, located close to the Susquehanna River west of Binghamton.
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Hockey Sticks and Snowshoes

 
The Friends of Chenango Valley State Park in the Southern Tier get people outside and on the snow (or ice) with some help from PTNY's Park & Trail Partnership Grant.

Park and Trail Projects Around State Get Boost  

The annual Regional Economic Development Council awards funded winning projects to enhance green space and active transportation in all corners of the state.

Federal Conservation Funding at New High Water Mark

Congress approved $495 million in appropriations for the Land and Water Conservation Fund - the most in over a decade, although still far short of the authorized $900 million.
 

New Staff to Assist with
Cycle the Erie Canal Tour 

Our new Assistant Bike Tour Director, Candace Charles, will help make sure this year's ride from Buffalo to Albany is better than ever.


FIELD NOTES


Join our team! Development Director and Program Coordinator Positions Open.

Did you see the latest issue of You Gotta Have Friends! - our newsletter for State Parks Friends groups?

Read PTNY's statement in support of the Governor's State of the State proposals.

Congress temporarily halted the sale of Plum Island in Long Island Sound, allowing permanent conservation protection efforts to continue.

Funding for enhancing access to the Hudson River and promoting environmental stewardship was awarded to 23 projects by NYSDEC.

Legislation was signed by Governor Cuomo that would require public hearings and impact studies to be conducted before any state park or historic site is permanently closed.

Sponsorships are available for 2020 Canal-Related Events through our partner, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

CALENDAR


MARCH 2
Join us in Albany for
Park Advocacy Day

MARCH 16
Have your voice heard at
Trails Advocacy Day

APRIL 18-19
Mark your calendar for
Canal Clean Sweep

MAY 2
Save the date for
I Love My Park Day 2020

JULY 12-19
Take the journey of a lifetime on the
22nd Annual Cycle the
Erie Canal Bike Tour
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