TrailsBlog: Top Trail Picks from Around the Country


New York has some incredible trails, but it never hurts to draw inspiration from outside the box! This month, we bring you a round-up of PTNY staff's favorite greenway trails from around the country.


We ❤️ Our Members! Results of Our    Member Survey  


Check out this snapshot of the results from our member survey that capture why our members are so incredible! A huge thank you to all of our members for filling out the survey.
 

These Nine Parks Welcome All Visitors 

 
You might be surprised to discover how many remarkable places in our state park system do not require donning a pair of hiking boots to enjoy. New infrastructure has made it easier for a wider variety of audiences to share in the wonders of our state parks and historic sites.


Governor Hochul proposes to add $1 Billion to Environmental Bond Act

 
Kudos to Governor Hochul for for proposing to increase the amount of the Environmental Bond Act act by $1 billion to a total of $4 billion. The increase will need to be approved by the state legislature, and the Bond Act will need to be approved by voters in November 2022.

Hochul also announced plans to rename the Bond Act as the “Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act,” recognizing the urgency of investments to advance the state’s resilience and protect the environment. 


Bicyclists Bring Business Creates Buzz around Biking in Mohawk Valley 

 
PTNY brought its popular Bicyclists Bring Business event to Ilion in the Mohawk Valley last month, with a bike-around assessment of the community and a presentation of results and recommendations.
 
Check out the full recording up now on our Youtube channel to learn:

📝The results of our bike and pedestrian assessment

✅Our recommendations 

➡️Next steps (including funding options!) to keep the momentum rolling
This October, get your spook on with some eerie New York plants 👻🌱
The ghost plant, more commonly known as Indian Pipe, is often mistaken for a fungus because it has no chlorophyll. But do not be fooled! This flowering plant is actually in the same family as blueberries.
Follow PTNY (@parkstrailsny) on Instagram for more spooky plant content, updates about our advocacy efforts, and information about your favorite parks and trails.

Enjoy the Views
Photo Gallery from Pedal to Peebles 

 
We had beautiful weather and a great turnout for our ride on the Empire State Trail between Albany and Peebles Island State Park as part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble and Bike Your Park Day. Special thanks to Friends of Peebles Island for the history lesson and tour of the scenic trails! 
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FIELD NOTES



During Climate Week, Governor Hochul announced the opening of Environmental Education and Resiliency Center at Hempstead Lake State Park.

A 2.5-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail, from Little Falls to Herkimer Home State Historic Site, will be resurfaced this fall.

This November, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote on the Environmental Rights Amendment as proposition 2 on this year’s ballot.

Hudson River Valley Greenway grant applications are due November 8, 2021.

The Nassau County Legislature voted to approve the use of public land to expand the Empire State Trail on Long Island.

Park and Trail Partnership Grant applications are due November 30, 2021.
 

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JULY 10-17, 2022
Cycle the Erie Canal Bike Tour
 
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