Grants to help parks, trails set

ALBANY — Parks and Trails New York and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have announced the fourth round of $500,000 in competitive grants through the state Park and Trail Partnership Program funded through the state Environmental Protection Fund.

The grants are available to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands and are administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.

The program is designed to:

∫ Enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance and promotion of state parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands.

∫ Increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support state parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, and

∫ Promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails, greenways and public lands.

Applications are due Nov. 30. Grant awards are expected to be announced in March 2019.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is open to organizations whose primary mission is the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance and promotion of a specific state park, trail, historic site or public land under the jurisdiction of OPRHP or Department of Environmental Conservation.

More information about the grant program and its timeline are available at http://ptny.org/our-work/support/park-trail-partnership-program.

By Josh Bovee

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