Since 2007, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has sold special Trail Supporter patches to help raise funds for non-motorized trail maintenance and development throughout the state. This year, the DEC is set to release a newly redesigned patch starting Wednesday, March 1st.
Photo Credit: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
The updated design for the Trail Supporter patch was modeled after the DEC’s trail markers that are used to highlight north-south directional trails – a blue circle with white lettering. This recognizable image is intended to encourage hikers and visitors to support the vast network of non-motorized trails in the Adirondacks and NYS.
Over the years, the DEC has raised $21,818 through trail patch sales. Some of the projects patch sales have funded include the foot trail bridges on the Finger Lakes Trail and the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, erosion control structures at the Otter Creek and Independence River Wild Forest trail systems, and horse mounting platforms at the Brookfield Horse Assembly Area.
Trail Supporter patches cost just $5, and the newly designed ones will be available at all sporting license outlets and online at the DECALS website for current NYS sporting license holders. Funds raised from the patches will go toward the Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account.
The release of a brand new Trail Supporter patch coincides with Gov. Cuomo’s recent push for statewide outdoor recreation improvements. His 2017 Budget calls for $70 million for the capital infrastructure initiative Adventure NY, which supports state land access, updated campgrounds, and renovated DEC recreational facilities.
To show your support for these trail maintenance projects and statewide programs, all you have to do is purchase a Trail Supporter patch. Patches go on sale starting March 1st.
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