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The second annual I Love My Park Day is almost here! This Saturday, nearly 80 New York State Parks and Historic Sites will participate in this statewide event promoting stewardship of our treasured state park lands.

You only have a few days left to register for this exciting event! Parks from Long Island to the Thousand Islands to Buffalo are participating. Thousands of volunteers have already signed up, and we’re on track to double last year’s numbers.  Find an I Love My Park Day event near you!

Don’t miss your chance to give back to the parks that you love.Visit the I Love My Park Day website to find an event near you and register today!

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Click here for the e-edition of the New York Camping Guide 2013.

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Start the new year off on the right (or the left) foot with a First Day Hike at a state park or historic site. From a seal walk to nature and animal discovery hikes, work off those holiday cookies while exploring all that our state parks have to offer. Find a hike.

source: PTNY newsletter

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The Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation has been busy over the summer adding and upgrading trails in Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial State Recreation Area south of Honeoye Lake.Two new trails have been completed (bulldozed and smoothed!) Ruthies Run is a green (easy) trail about 0.25 miles long that takes you to the Lodge Road (also green, 0.5 mile long). A black (most difficult) trail, Cannonball Run (0.6 miles ) parallels the Overlook Road from the parking lot to Little Whiteface. A new connector trail is also in place from Little Whiteface to the Lodge Road.

Renew or become a Foundation member and show your support to Cross Country Skiing in the Rochester NY region!
Donate online at: www.skireg.com/Net/3367 (You need to set up a quick password and name for that if you haven’t already)
~~ Or ~~
Print a membership form and send a check in this way:
http://rxcsf.org/new2/Forms/RXCSF2009-10MemberDonorBrochure.pdf
Cross out the old year at the top and put 2012-13, mail it to:
RXCSF PO Box 482 Mendon, NY 14506

THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Feel free to write some of your dreams or ideas on how to spend your money, other than grooming, on the form too!

Did You Know…
Snow grooming in the 4 parks (Mendon, Harriet Hollister, Webster, Durand-Eastman) is 100% funded by your donations to RXCSF (and not by local government). Becoming a contributor to RXCSF allows our collective cross country skiing voice be heard at the county and state government levels when discussing trail usage and planning.
We need you!

source: Rochester Nordic Ski Club newsletter:Nov 2012 newsletter

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Buffalo’s Black Rock Canal Park Site To Be Revitalized (with video)

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The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York’s Central Park

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By Killeen Gonzalez | Yahoo! Contributor Network, link to original post

New York’s Thousand Islands Region is home to amazing scenery and an abundance of summer hiking trails. If you are planning a vacation there this year, you may want to consider visiting a few of my favorite hiking spots. Here’s a quick look at five of them:

Southwick Beach State Park

Thousand Islands NY Area Hikes

Southwick Beach State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features slightly over 2 miles of summer hiking trails. In my opinion, the 1.2 mile long Big Oak Trail and the 0.6 mile long Big Dead Maple Trail are ideal for the casual hiker. Trail highlights include a boardwalk that provides excellent views of the dunes, Lakeview Pond and Lakeview Marsh. I should also mention that the dunes are often full of poison ivy. Therefore, I would suggest that hikers remain on the designated trails.

Robert G. Wehle State Park
Robert G. Wehle State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features over 12 miles of hiking trails. I would suggest that summer hikers consider exploring either the 4.90 mile long Snakefoot Trail or the 1.87 mile long Dancing Gypsy Trail. Trail highlights include remnants of WWII military action, multiple picnic locations and incredible views of Lake Ontario.

Wellesley Island State Park
Wellesley Island State Park is located in Jefferson County. It features over 8 miles of summer hiking trails. I’d suggest that hikers consider taking the 1.1 mile long Eel Bay Trail to the Narrows Trail. It connects to several other trails that may be used to make a loop back to the Eel Bay Trailhead. Trail highlights include a butterfly house, berry bushes and great views of the water.

Point Au Roche State Park
Point Au Roche State Park is located in Clinton County. It features over 10 miles of hiking trails. I would suggest that summer hikers consider taking the 2.3 mile long Treadwell Bay Trail or the 4.1 mile long Long Point Trail. The Treadwell Bay Trail has a comfort station. Trail highlights include sweeping views of Lake Champlain, bird watching opportunities, ample shady spots and sandy beaches. Birds to look for include owls and osprey.

Higley Flow State Park
Higley Flow State Park is located in St. Lawrence County. It features over 6 miles of easy, scenic hiking trails. Some sections of the trails are shaded. I would recommend that hikers consider taking the 3.42 mile long Cedar Brook Trail or the 1.67 mile long Overlook Trail. Trail highlights include views of the water and interpretive panels that provide a bit of information about the area.

For these and many more Thousand islands Area hiking trails, pick up a copy of the guidebook “25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Thousand Islands & St. Lawrence Seaway Region in NYS.”

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