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Dear Friend,
More than 650 cyclists from 36 states and several Canadian provinces, as well as Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, had the adventure of a lifetime crossing New York State last month on our 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour. Check out some photos from the tour.

Not only did participants have a great time but they added to the economy, as do all forms of outdoor recreation. Outdoor recreation is big business in NYS, and across the country. A new report from the Outdoor Industry Association shows that outdoor recreation in the Empire State generates $41.8 billion in consumer spending.

So even more reason to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. Although there are still plenty of warm days ahead of us, summer is undeniably on the wane. If there’s an outdoor adventure still on your summer bucket list, go for it now and enjoy New York’s awesome parks and trails in these last few weeks of glorious summer.

See you at a park or trail,

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

More than 650 Cycle the Erie Canal 

The 19th annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour was the largest and best yet!

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Outdoor Recreation is Big Business in NYS

The Outdoor Industry Association recently released a report that features outdoor recreation economic data for all 50 states. And the numbers show that outdoor recreation is big business in New York State.

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Plum Island One Step Closer to Protection

A bill to prevent the federal sale of Plum Island in Long Island Sound unanimously passed the House of Representatives last month. Now it goes to the Senate.

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Connecting Troy's Trails

PTNY is working with local government and community groups in the Capital District to make safe, enjoyable, and efficient bicycling a reality for Troy.

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Big Win for Hudson Valley Views

The final days of the state legislative session produced good news for the Hudson River, with legislation passed in both houses to protect the River's environment and wonderful views from increased oil barge traffic.

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Touting Trail Tourism in Utica

PTNY and the NYS Canal Corporation will be bringing Bicyclists Bring Business to the beautiful Mohawk Valley in September, with the Evening Roundtable in Utica on Tuesday the 12th and everyone's favorite Bike-a-Round the next day.

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Congrats New End-to-Enders!

The End-to-End Recognition Program acknowledges those individuals who complete the entire length of the Erie Canalway Trail between Buffalo and Albany.

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NYS Glamping

Want to relax and enjoy the great outdoors but regular tent camping isn't for you? Try glamping in cabins and cottages in New York State parks.

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Losing Local Parkland

Every year New York State passes bills to alienate local parkland.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Please take a moment to share your thoughts and experiences along the NYS Canal System and Canalway Trail. 
Take the survey.

The 2017 Conservancy Trail Grant Application is now available from the Hudson River Valley Greenway for funding recreational trail projects.

Land bank plan for ADK and Catskills ok’d by state legislature, now goes to voters.

Check out the new NYS Canalway Water Trail interactive website.

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