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“Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?” And how can we change that?

That’s what Daniel Duane asks in his opinion piece in The New York Times last Sunday. Duane rightly points out that cyclists do not have adequate protections under traffic laws in the United States. Leah Shahum, executive director of the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our thousandth Erie Canalway Trail End-to-Ender

William and Nancy Moses of Midland Park, New Jersey made the most of their summer by bicycling from Niagara Falls to Albany along the Erie Canalway Trail and then through Hudson Valley all the way home! They used their 13-day, … Continue reading

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Comments sought on Adirondack rail line Unit Management Plan

New York State has undertaken a review of its management plan for the State-owned 119-mile Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor that traverses some of the most magnificent scenery in the Adirondack Park.  The state departments of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Conservation … Continue reading

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What makes a successful community?

There are over 25,000 incorporated communities in America. How many of these are truly successful? How is it that some small towns and rust belt cities are prospering, while many others are suffering disinvestment, loss of identity, and even abandonment? Why … Continue reading

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Bioblitz at I Love My Park Day

In addition to dozens of stewardship events, this year’s I Love My Park Day will include a bioblitz. This is possible thanks to collaboration with the talented scientists at the DEC’s New York Natural Heritage Program. A bioblitz is a … Continue reading

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I Love My Park Day Stories: Working under waterfalls

On Cinco de Mayo last year, I was lucky enough to help out at John Boyd Thacher and Thompson’s Lake State Parks (the state parks closest to my home in Albany) on the first-ever I Love My Park Day. These … Continue reading

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State Parks Receive some TLC

Two weeks ago, New York state leaders agreed to invest another $90 million in state parks and historic sites for 2013-2014 to begin tackling a backlog of infrastructure needs. Parks & Trails New York is pleased that the state recognizes … Continue reading

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One Month til I Love My Park Day

In just one month, volunteers from across the state will show their love for state parks on Saturday, May 4 for the second annual I Love My Park Day. It’s a great way to give back to the parks you … Continue reading

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Our awards deadline has passed, but there are more awards for park and trail champions

Applications are now being accepted for NYSDEC’s 10th anniversary New York Environmental Excellence Awards that recognize and give visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs. To apply, complete the 2013 Application Brochure (PDF) (509kB) using the “Tips for Applicants” (PDF) (326kB) document as … Continue reading

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From Atlantic Cities “What Flickr Can Teach Us About the Way We Photograph Cities”

File this under “cool, but what can it teach us?” By utilizing geotags, which relay the exact location of the photographer, a UC Berkley researcher was able to place over 125,000 photos on a map of the area [PDF], with … Continue reading

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