Bear Mountain State Park, NY (PressExposure) June 12, 2014 -- - The National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation will be hosting a Signing Ceremony for the New York State Agreement regarding the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on Tuesday, June 17, at Bear Mountain State Park in New York. The signing of the Agreement is a renewal of a 10-year commitment between nine partners to work together and manage New York's 85-mile section of the A.T.
The Agreement defines partner roles, stipulates standards, commits to a protective footpath corridor, asks the land managing partners to commit to protecting that corridor, and coordinates the management operations, development, maintenance and monitoring responsibilities for the A.T. through New York. Partners include the National Park Service - Appalachian National Scenic Trail; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Palisades Interstate Park Commission; New York State Police; New York State Department of Transportation; New York State Bridge Authority; the ATC; and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
"This new agreement reaffirms our commitment to provide an unparalleled hiking experience in New York and, with our six agency and two nonprofit partners, continue to protect and preserve the Appalachian Trail for future generations," said Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
The signing will take place 10 days after National Trails Day (June 7, 2014), continuing to shine a light on the importance of recreational trails and the national trails system, which today includes 11 national scenic trails, 19 national historic trails and more than 1,000 recreation trails nationwide. New York hosts three national trails, including the A.T., the North Country National Scenic Trails, and the Washington Rochambeau National Historic Trail. The A.T. was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968 with the passage of the National Trails System Act.
"The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is indeed proud to renew its commitments with the traditional trail partners in New York and to continue to do our best to protect and manage this important park corridor across New York," said Executive Deputy Commissioner Andy Beers.
New York State can be considered the birthplace of the Trail because the very first segment was built between Ramapo River and Finger Board Mountain in Harriman State Park in 1922. Now, 92 years later, New York is one of 14 eastern states between Maine and Georgia traversed by the A.T. The 2014 agreement will be the third A.T. Agreement signed in New York since the early 1980s.
Within the 14 states, the A.T. crosses six other units of the National Park System, eight National Forests, two Fish & Wildlife Refuges and dozens of state parks, forests and game land units, including a number of municipal parks spread out over 88 counties in 189 different towns or townships stretching from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Katahdin in Maine.
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to continue our partnership with seven governmental partners in New York as well as the local maintaining club, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, to ensure the ongoing protection and management of the Appalachian Trail, America's most famous long-distance path," said Ron Tipton, executive director and CEO of the ATC.
Signing of the New York State Agreement, a 10-year statement of joint policy on the protection and management of the Appalachian Trail
Date: Tuesday, June 17
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain, NY
About the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with public agencies to create, protect and promote a network of more than 2,000 miles of public trails in the greater New York metropolitan area.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail - ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.