Adirondack Rail Trail Receives Major Boost from State Leaders

The New York State Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Conservation announced their preferred amendment to the 1996 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan/FEIS (UMP) to allow removal  of underutilized railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake in the Adirondack State Park, boosting the chances for construction of 34 miles of…

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Parks for Sale

Financially strapped local governments across New York State too often see selling parkland for development as a way to make a quick buck. While there are bright spots—like the City of Troy reversing its decision to sell off its scarce green space—others are moving forward with their plans to sell parkland, in some cases, like…

Report shines light on park alienation

Whether your favorite park is out in the countryside or just down the block, it’s comforting to know that it will always be there for you and yours to enjoy. Comforting – but not necessarily true. Park lands can be lost or carved up for other uses, like cell towers or municipal garages. It’s called…

Our man in Washington

In advance of federal budget negotiations, PTNY board member Richard Remmer spent two days in our nation’s capital to urge support for funding for critical environmental programs, particularly the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Remmer met with aides for both New York senators and nine members of the New York Congressional delegation while putting…

Parks win big in final state budget

  Lawmakers voted to approve a final budget for State FY 2015-16 that includes landmark investments in state parks infrastructure, environmental programs, and grassroots Friends organizations. Parks & Trails New York worked hard to see these investments enacted, and we are thrilled to be able to share this good news with our members and supporters. PTNY applauds…

Historic Budget Proposal for Parks

New Grants Program for Friends Groups Proposed Governor Cuomo’s 2015-2016 Executive Budget proposal includes great news for state parks and historic sites—and for Friends groups, including $500,000 for a new capacity-building grants program for state park and historic site Friends groups. We need your help to secure this critical funding for parks and Friends groups.…