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Still a work in progress, partnerships gives climbers access to a new trail system while preserving safety, cultural resources, and protected rare plants, animals, and habitat.
|In 2015, NY State Parks partnered with the Thacher Climbing Coalition (TCC), a local rock climbing group, to develop trails to access rock climbing at Thacher State Park. The unique challenge was that Thacher Park sits atop the Helderberg Escarpment, a 50' to 200' high cliff that runs the length of the park. This required building access for climbers down through the cliff and along the 45 degree talus slope at the base. NYS Parks partnered with the TCC to develop a trail system through this uniquely challenging area, passing through the Squeeze Box, down Fat Man's Misery, and across the talus slope to Hailes Cave and the tip of the Horseshoe. Still a work in progress, this partnership has brought in hundreds of new visitors, thanks to a trail system built by volunteers that gives climbers access while preserving safety, cultural resources, and protected rare plants, animals, and habitat.
Successes and lessons from the COVID-19 Conservation Corps programs in Juneau, Anchorage, and Sitka that trained and employed out-of-work Alaskans in 2020.
The Ford Motor Company will make a donation to American Trails via the Bronco Wild Fund to support on-the-ground trail projects across America.
As the summer unfolds, park and trail managers across North America are preparing for yet another recording breaking season. While it is too early to make definitive calls about the state of pandemic trail boom and future volumes on trails and in parks, early analyses suggest the boom is alive and well. During this unprecedented time, automated count data serves as a crucial tool to track changes, understand use, and make the work of trail managers just a little bit easier.
An effort is underway to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 with a memorial trail that traverses 1,300 miles.