March 24, 2014
North Country National Scenic Trail
DEC appears to be close to approving the route of the North Country National Scenic Trail through the Adirondacks. Please urge Governor Cuomo to expedite the process.
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo,
It’s a little known fact that New York State is blessed with two National Scenic Trails. Unlike the better-known Appalachian Trail, which traverses only a small southeast portion of the Empire State, the North Country National Scenic Trail covers more than 600 miles of New York, uniting communities from the Allegany State Park in the west all the way to Crown Point in the east, economically benefitting countless towns and villages and contributing to the quality of life for New Yorkers across much of the state.
Since Congress’s 1980 authorization of the North Country National Scenic Trail, our volunteers have been working with the National Park Service and the NYS D.E.C. to finalize and approve a route through New York’s treasured Adirondack Park. The process has been arduous and lengthy, but we have reason to believe is close to being finalized by the DEC. We write to urge your office to expedite this approval by DEC in order that Adirondack communities can begin accruing the same economic benefits enjoyed by their counterparts outside the Blue Line for the last 34 years, and so that our volunteers can begin working with the DEC to mark existing trail and build new trail in order to complete the North Country Trail in New York.
Governor Cuomo, help us celebrate the opening of this new recreational and economic opportunity for Adirondack communities and trails enthusiasts in time for its use this spring. Thank you!
Mar 24, 2014: North Country National Scenic Trail