Parks & Trails NY is a non-profit advocacy group for opportunities for hiking and biking in New York. I had the opportunity to attend a GREAT conference they put on in the Finger Lakes Region of New York this past weekend. They brought together regional trail advocates, land trust people, government officials and outdoor media representatives. There were seminars on funding sources, trail design and a host of other courses. It was a well organized and successful conference. You can learn more about Parks & Trails NY, and their advocacy events on their website at: http://www.ptny.org/
. Watch for future conferences like the one this weekend. It was a valuable resource for the outdoor community. In this photo Vince Scalia of the Cayuga-Seneca Trail Association is explaining how they are using local donations of time/service to add to the grants they are obtaining from public and private sources for their newest project of a linear canal park. He stressed that "patience" might be your greatest asset on such a project.