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Dear Jonathan,

Today, thanks to your steadfast support, state parks across New York are experiencing a renaissance. 
As a park advocacy group, we, of course, intuitively recognize the importance of parks. But we also wanted some hard facts. So we commissioned a study to measure the impact our renewed park system is having on the state’s economy. Turns out the increased investment in parks is reaping big returns.  
The independent study by the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts found that spending by State Parks and its visitors supports $5 billion in output and sales, 54,000 private-sector jobs and more than $2.8 billion in additional state GDP.
In short, every $1 invested by the state leads to $9 in economic activity. That’s a great investment anyway you look at it!
So go out this weekend and enjoy our parks. You’ll be helping the economy, too.

Robin Dropkin
Executive Director

New Study Finds State Park System Is Robust Economic Engine

A new economic study commissioned by PTNY finds that the NYS Park System supports $5 billion in sales and 54,000 private-sector jobs. Each dollar of state funding supports $9 of sales throughout the state.

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Grants Deadline Approaching

Friday, December 8 is the last day to apply for the third round of Park and Trail Partnership Program grants.

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Work Continues on Empire State Trail

The temperatures may be cooling down, but the work to complete the Empire State Trail by 2020 is only beginning to heat up.

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Donate in Honor of Your Favorite Park or Trail on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable season. It’s a wonderful reminder to take stock of what issues really speak to you and take action to support them.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) coalition has launched a 52-week countdown to highlight 52 years of important work and ensure LWCF's continuation.

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Calling all End-to-Enders, Class of 2017

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

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New York's Newest State Park

Buffalo Harbor State Park was dedicated in October, bringing the City of Buffalo its first state park.

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Short Takes / Resources Calendar

Check out the e-version of the latest edition of GreenSpace, our print newsletter.

A section of the Erie Canalway Trail near Lock 8 is under construction. Our interactive trail map shows the proper detour route.

Thanks to funding from the Environmental Protection Fund, the Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy was able to award $285,000 in trail grants. View the list of awardees.

Get the latest news on New York's Canalway trail system from the Fall 2017 edition of Canalway Trail Times.  

November 28: Giving Tuesday

December 1 & 2: "You Gotta Have Friends" Statewide Friends Conference 

January 3: Cycle the Erie Canal registration opens

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