New York Parks and Conservation
Organization Description and Accomplishments
New York Parks and Conservation Association (NYPCA)
is a statewide 2,500-member non-profit citizens organization dedicated
- Protecting and promoting New York's parks, open space and historic
- Helping communities create new forms of park lands, such as greenways,
community trails and heritage corridors.
Genesee Valley Greenway NYPCA organized and was community
catalyst for 50-mile trail and river corridor project to link Rochester,
New York and Letchworth State Park.
D & H Canal Heritage Corridor NYPCA spearheaded 35-mile corridor
project to protect historic canal and build multi-use trail system
near Kingston, New York.
Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor NYPCA organized and coordinated
early development of state's first deignated heritage corridor to
promote revitalization through heritage-based tourism and community
Statewide Park Advocacy
- Led effort to return fees to parks through enactment of State Park
- Catalyst and primary advisor for comprehensive report and challenges
facing New York's state park system.
- NYPCA provided leadership and organized support to prevent:
- Logging in Allegany State Park
- Bridge to Ellis Island
- Massive office building adjacent to Niagara Falls
Greenways New York Statewide program to coordinate and foster
community based greenways and multi-use trails
Canalway Trail Partnership Project Coordinate local citizen
development of the Canalway Trail System along New York's 524 miles
of active canal, in partnership with New York State Canal Corporation.
Statewide Parks Advocacy
- Protect parks from ongoing threats such as Saratoga Spa State Park
- Advocate for development of Hudson River Park on Manhattan's west
- Foster friends groups and citizen support for parks
- Maintenance of accurate sanborn maps
- Improve participation in recycling programs in NY
- Tighter regulation of long island dumpster rental companies
- Seek expanded funding for state parks
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