West Hudson Community Trails Program Gets Grant from Land Trust Alliance, DEC
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has been awarded $15,000 by the New York State Conservation Partnership Program for its West Hudson Community Trails Program. The award was announced in Albany, NY, on March 14. The Conservation Partnership Program is a collaboration of the Land Trust Alliance and Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The grants are funded through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), and aim to expand and enhance the conservation of open space in New York.
The grant to the Trail Conference will support its work with communities in Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties to enhance access to and promote awareness of the benefits of open space by building, maintaining, and promoting recreational trails in the region.
Trail Conference staff will recruit and train local residents in the stewardship of trails and parklands in the region as volunteers and work closely with these volunteers, community groups, and state and local agencies to make more open space accessible and appealing to the public through responsible trail building.
Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks and recruited volunteers to create, protect, and promote 1,800 miles of public trails in the region.