Dear Friend,

We are over the moon at Governor Cuomo’s proposal, put forth in his State of the State address, to establish by 2020 the Empire State Trail which would complete and connect the Erie and Champlain Canalway Trails and the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail to create a 750-mile super trail that links NYC to the Canadian border, and Albany to Buffalo.

Closing the Gaps in the Canalway Trail has been a priority for PTNY for more than a decade. And, now, we see that dream coming to fruition, plus more! The Empire State Trail will be a legacy we are leaving for future generations of New Yorkers.

This good news is the result of your unwavering support. Thank you.

But if you think we can now rest on our laurels, you’re wrong!

We need to make sure the Legislature gets behind the Empire State Trail initiative so we will be mounting a full court press to that effect. One very important component of the campaign will be Trail Advocacy Day, scheduled for March 2 in Albany.

Find out more about Trail Advocacy Day and register today.

Happy Trails!

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

A Big Year for Parks and Trails

Governor Andrew Cuomo's regional state-of-the state addresses brought great news for New York's state park system and the state's rapidly growing multi-use trail network.

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Open for business

The new Bike Friendly New York certification program invites businesses across the Canal Corridor to open their doors to cyclists.

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Registration open for Cycle the Erie Canal tour

Join PTNY this July for an unparalleled cycling adventure from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canalway Trail.

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New Report! You Gotta Have Friends

Friends groups often accomplish herculean tasks on shoestring budgets. Our new report summarizes the contribution of non-profit Friends organizations that support New York’s state parks and historic sites.

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It is with mixed feelings that we bid farewell to Laura DiBetta, PTNY’s Director of Parks and Government Relations for the last five years. Laura has been appointed Special Assistant to the Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner for Outdoor Recreation. 

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Parks and trails projects funded

Many park and trail projects, as well as canal and historic preservation projects, were funded through the Regional Economic Development Councils initiative.

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Milestone for Recreational Trails Program

In December trail advocates across the country celebrated a major milestone for the Recreational Trails Program, a federal funding program that has helped more than 400 projects in New York State since 1991.

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Position Available

We are seeking a dynamic organizer/advocate to join our team as Director of Park Programs.

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In memoriam: Jeannette Bamford

Jeannette Bamford, a dedicated Parks & Trails New York trustee for many years, passed away on December 31. Jeannette was instrumental in the founding of the organization in 1985 and served as its first Chairperson.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

A Plattsburgh editorial applauds the results of our You Gotta Have Friends report.

New state blueprint guides preservation of open spaces/natural resources across New York.

Small grants for youth environmental stewardship projects through Captain Planet Foundation.
First class of Excelsior Conservation Corps graduates.

3-day cycling itinerary along Erie Canalway Trail from Lockport to Lyons updated with interactive map.

Support New York's parks and trails every time you shop with a re-useable bag at Albany's Honest Weight Food Co-op.

USDOT announces new performance measures that will place greater emphasis on bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. Read PTNY’s comments supporting these changes. 


   March 2: Trail Advocacy Day

   March 13: Park Advocacy Day

   April 21-23: Canal Clean Sweep

   May 6: I Love My Park Day

   July 9 - 16:  Cycle the Erie Canal
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