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New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Planning Unit New York State Trails Council Records

Held by the New York State Archives


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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, resolutions, bylaws, memoranda, notes, and related background materials of the New York State Trails Council. The Trails Council is a citizen's advisory board that advocates trail interests to all levels of government and to the public; provides a reliable source of information on trail-based recreation and the needs of trail users; coordinates efforts to construct and maintain trails; fosters responsible trail use ethics; and provides a forum for mediating differences among trail user groups. Also included in the records are Trails Day proclamations, brochures, publications, reports and directories, opinion survey information, and records relating to the 1980 New York State Trails Symposium.
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1.3 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1980-2007
Bulk Dates:
1980-2001
Series Number:
22454

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Administrative History

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) manages thousands of miles of recreation trails on nearly four million acres of land statewide. The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is charged with coordinating and developing a statewide plan for these trails. Working with partners in other state agencies, regional and statewide trail organizations, and dozens of local trail stewards, OPRHP assists in the development and maintenance of an extensive network of trails offering year-round recreational opportunities.

The New York State Trails Council is a citizen's advisory board that was created in 1981 as part of a grass-roots effort to ensure citizen participation in trail planning, development, and management. It was organized pursuant to the New York Statewide Trails Symposium held November 14 and 15, 1980 in Albany, New York, to discuss issues and exchange information, ideas, and perspectives on trail planning in New York State.

The goals of the Council are to advocate trail interests to all levels of government and to the public; to provide a reliable source of information on trail-based recreation and the needs of trail users; to coordinate efforts to construct and maintain trails; to foster responsible trail use ethics; and to provide a forum for mediating differences among trail user groups.

The Council consists of delegates representing 11 different trail user groups and activities, including ATVs, bicyclists, hiking, cross-country skiing, and others. OPRHP is just one of the dozen or so agencies that are also represented on the Council, including OPRHP, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Canal Corporation, NYS Department of Transportation, Hudson River Greenway Conservancy, NY State Senate, Federal Highway Commission, National Park Service, Parks and Trails New York, NYS Department of Health, and the Tourism Advocate.

These representatives serve as advisors to the Council, and they represent trail users rather than commercial interests. They do not have voting privileges but may participate in discussions and raise issues for the Council to consider. The Trails Council is provided with technical assistance and support through OPRHP and the DEC. OPRHP is the secretary and record keeper for the Council - which is written into the Council's charter.

Scope and Content Note

The records in this series include meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, resolutions, bylaws, memoranda, notes, and related background materials. The minutes typically include roll call; reading and approval of minutes of previous meeting; resolutions; budget reports; delegate reports and concerns; agency reports; reports of trail development and preservation studies; other reports on planning, activities, and meetings; and other business. Also included are Trails Day proclamations, brochures, publications, reports and directories, opinion survey information, and records relating to the 1980 New York State Trails Symposium.

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Accretion: 22454-12
1980-2001 Trails Council meeting minutes and information 1 1
National Trails Day Proclamation information 1 2
Trails Council brochures, publications, reports and directories 1 3
1981 1981 Opinion Survey information 1 4
1980 1980 NYS Trails Symposium 1 5
1993 Proclamation 2 1
1994 Proclamation 2 2
1995 Proclamation 2 3
1996 Proclamation 2 4
1997 Proclamation 2 5
1998 Proclamation 2 6
2000 Proclamation 2 7
2007 Proclamation 2 8