Monthly Archives: January 2011

New study weighs development proposals for Adirondack rail corridor

The firms Camoin Associates and Barton & Loguidice were hired by the not for profit AdkAction to study the costs and economic impacts of upgrading, or removing, a 34-mile, seldom used rail line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. The corridor … Continue reading

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$2M in Recreational Trails Program grants awarded

Trail development in New York State received a significant boost with the recent award of more than $2 million in Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants for 18 trail projects.  A few highlights: three trail construction projects on the 90-mile Genesee … Continue reading

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Communities receive grants for park and trail projects

Late in 2010 the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released a list of more than 60 projects in 35 counties that have been awarded grants ranging from just over $13,000 up to $400,000 from the state’s Environmental … Continue reading

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Betty Little to head Senate parks committee

State Senator Betty Little (R-Queensbury), will chair the Senate’s Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee this year. a committee she has served on since being elected to the Senate.  Little is serving her fourth Senate term representing six North Country … Continue reading

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Contact the Governor today to keep all parks open

Governor Cuomo will deliver his first Executive Budget February 1.  As he puts together his budget, please contact the Governor to let him know that parks are important to you and your community.  It  is critical that he hear from … Continue reading

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Death by 1,000 cuts: three western NY parks, Mohawk Valley historic site on chopping block

The steady decline in the state parks budget, mandated layoffs, and early retirements mean that three western New York parks are on the chopping block:  Knox Farm in East Aurora, Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg, and Joseph Davis in Lewiston. Herkimer Home … Continue reading

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Save the date: 6th annual Canal Clean Sweep

Wintery weather may make spring seem distant, but preparations for the 6th annual Canal Clean Sweep are underway. This year’s statewide “spring cleaning” of the NYS Canal System and Canalway Trail is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 15, … Continue reading

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Bike Belong grants available

Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers, administers a grants program designed “to put more people on bicycles more often.” The grants program accepts and funds applications for three types of projects: 1) Facilities; 2) Education; and … Continue reading

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Do you support rail trails?

The Post Star’s recent news story about the proposed Upper Hudson Rail Trail has received a number of comments. Some folks are for the project, some against. How do you feel? Read and react here. You can follow the Friends … Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo taps OSI leader Joe Martens to steer DEC

Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated Open Space Institute (OSI) President Joe Martens as the new Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. Martens had been at OSI since 1995, first as Executive Vice President, then as President. At OSI, Martens’ … Continue reading

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