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DIVISION OF PLANNING TO HOST ‘MAKING TRAIL CONNECTIONS’ WORKSHOP ON 7/1

Part of ‘Conserving Open Space & Managing Growth’ Plan

June 17, 2009

WURTSBORO – The Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management, in partnership with Sullivan Renaissance, will sponsor a workshop entitled “Making Trail Connections” on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mamakating Parks and Recreation building on Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro.  

The public is encouraged to attend the workshop to learn more about the recreational, health and economic benefits of multi-use trails, as well as engage in a facilitated discussion about how to form an inter-connected system of public trails in Sullivan County. 

Workshop presenter Martin Daley will give a brief presentation on successful strategies for trail development, promotion and stewardship, highlighting case studies of successful trail networks in New York State.  He will also facilitate an open discussion on the status of existing recreational trails in Sullivan County, and the potential obstacles and opportunities to creating a county-wide trail system.

Daley is a Project Director with Parks and Trails New York, a state-wide non-profit organization created in 1985 to advocate for and help build a statewide green network of parks and trails.  Copies of the organizations book “Getting Started… A guide to planning trails in New York State” will be made available for workshop attendees.

“Making Trail Connections” is part of a series of workshops scheduled throughout this year, designed to explain the new county open space plan, illustrate how it can be used at the local level, and explore many of the plan topics in more detail.  Additional topic specific workshops on the open space plan that will be offered throughout the year include “Farmers Marketing,” and “Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard.”

Called “Conserving Open Space & Managing Growth: A Strategy for Sullivan County,” the open space plan was created in partnership with Sullivan Renaissance and adopted by the Sullivan County Legislature in December 2008.  The plan was made possible with a Quality Communities Grant from New York State Department of State.  The entire plan is available at the Division of Planning’s website at www.scgnet.us.  For more information, please call 845-807-0527.