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Dear Jonathan,

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. 

We, in New York, are lucky that our governmental leaders appreciate and support our special outdoor places.  

But we can never afford to take our parks and trails for granted. 

Just look at the current attempt in Washington to reduce Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, two iconic national monuments in Utah, by almost 2 million acres!

The best way to protect our parks and trails is to have a strong group of supporters watching out for them and working to protect them.

Which is exactly what we are trying to do, with the Park and Trail Capacity-Building Grant Program, the first statewide conference for Friends groups held in a decade, and volunteer events like I Love My Park Day.

Won’t you help us continue to build and nurture a strong grassroots voice for parks and trails so that they will always be there for us and our children?

Please consider making a year-end gift to Parks & Trails New York today. 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, full of family, friends and lots of outdoor time,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

p.s. This year your gift to Parks & Trails New York will go twice as far to protect the parks and trails you use and love, as our Board of Directors has pledged to match all donations made through the end of the year up to $35,000.
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We regret the passing of former U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey, a champion of the environment whose legislation created the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and many more accomplishments.

Grant opportunity!  The DEC is accepting applications to fund the creation of urban outdoor education centers. Details are available through the NYS Grants Gateway.

Have you completed the Erie Canalway Trail End-to-End in 2017?  We want to hear from you! 

Applications now being accepted for the NYS Excelsior Conservation Corps for 18-25 year olds.

Lots of park and trail projects in the grants announced as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

   January 3: Cycle the Erie Canal        registration opens

   March 5:  Park Advocacy Day

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