Who's on the Trail? Winter Critter Edition

 
Learn to identify the tracks of common winter wildlife and get a sneak peek into the comings and goings in the forest (or your yard!) when you’re not around.

Will Cote, PTNY Parks Program Director, testifies at the Joint budget Hearing for the Environmental Conservation Committee

PTNY Applauds State of the State and Budget Proposals for Parks


Governor Cuomo released his State of the State and FY 2022 State Budget proposals in January, highlighting the state's investments over the past decade in state parks and the Empire State Trail.

Far-reaching proposals in the State of the State would create new parks and waterfront connections in Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and NYC. The Executive Budget continues the state’s strong support of parks and the environment, including $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund, (including $1 million for PTNY’s Park & Trail Partnership Grants) and $440 million over four years for continued capital improvements at parks. 

Read PTNY’s response to the State of the State and  the proposed FY2022 budget. Find more information about PTNY’s advocacy priorities at ptny.org/advocate.

Park Advocacy Workshop: Tell Your Story, Protect Our Parks


Join us for Park Advocacy: Tell Your Story, Protect Our Parks on February 18, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Discover tools to engage with your legislators and let them know why parks and green spaces are important to you, and all New Yorkers. 

The workshop will focus on ways you can get involved in advocacy, and will feature presentations from NYS Senator
José Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee that oversees parks, and Nancy Dwyer, a member of the Saratoga-Capital District Regional Park Commission. At the close of the session, you will have a toolkit that enables you to tell your story and connect with your lawmakers to protect our public lands. Register for the workshop here


TrailsBlog: Vischer Ferry in February

 
Lightly packed snow, scenic landscapes, and abundant wildlife sightings at the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve in the Capital Region make for a perfect winter adventure this February.


8, 13, 26, 32 and 45: New York's Five Presidents

 
Five U.S. presidents hail from the Empire State, and several historic homes commemorate them.

New York State Parks Celebrate Black History Month


Check out these resources to start exploring New York's rich heritage of Black history, many of which are associated with state parks and historic sites. Both in-person and virtual events are being held across the state this month at which New Yorkers can join in celebrating Black contributions to our state's history.

Throughout the month of February, PTNY will also be honoring the contributions Black individuals and organizations have made--and continue to make--in New York. Follow along on Instagram and our other social media platforms for more Black history programming, events, and narratives to explore this month.
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FIELD NOTES

Plum Island, an 822-acre gem of an island in Long Island Sound, is off the auction block. But, now what? Read a just-published report from the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, of which PTNY is a member, that envisions the island’s future.

Did you know that Grant Cottage State Historic Site is the setting for the final chapter of a long love story? Read the story here - perfect for Valentine's Day.

A two-year project to protect the Montauk Lighthouse, a National Historic Landmark at the tip of Long Island, from erosion will begin this spring, after the project was awarded a $30.7 million contract in January.

More than half of Trip Advisor users say they are more likely to take an outdoors or nature trip now than before the pandemic, according to a recent survey.

The last and final home of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War Commanding General of the U.S. Army, and 18th U.S. President, was awarded National Landmark Status this month by the National Parks Service.

This year, New York will designate its first State Historic Site dedicated to black history by converting Philipse Manor Hall in Yonkers into a museum and cultural site for interpreting and educating the public about the nearly 400-hundred-year experience of African Americans in New York.

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