Governor Cuomo signed legislation S.4416B/A.5035B directing the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop a coordinated plan for linking regional trail networks with the Empire State Trail.

As we noted previously, with the Empire State Trail expected to be complete next year and numerous trails planned or in construction in Western New York, coordinated trail planning and management strategies are vital to ensure a connected, easy-to-use network.

In a press release, Parks & Trails New York said, “Developing a blueprint for the state’s trail system will unify local trails across the state, creating a network of trails with major spines and connecting routes, and ensure that all parts of the state have access to quality outdoor active recreation trails. This effort … supports additional opportunities that can transform our statewide trail system into a true network, connecting local trails with the main spine of the Empire State Trail and cementing New York’s position as the nation’s leader in multiuse trails.”