We have to say, THANK YOU! We’ve tallied your Giving Tuesday Challenge donations and we’re blown away. Thanks to our wonderful donors, we raised $30,799 over the eight-day period from November 25 through December 2. These tremendous contributions will be met with $36,000 in matching gifts for a grand total of $66,799, all of which will be put to work to support the trail building, trail maintaining, trail education, volunteer development, and trail protection programs we provide throughout our area.
East Hudson Region
We’re working in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Columbia Counties and the five boroughs of NYC to maintain, build, and improve trails and open space. We are improving the hiking experience at Breakneck Ridge, where our trail stewards welcomed 26,743 hikers between Memorial Day Weekend and Columbus Day; at Fahnestock State Park, where our new Taconics Crew rebuilt an Appalachian Trail connection to Canopus Lake beach; and throughout Hudson Highlands State Park, and more. In 2014, we supported 301 volunteers on more than 400 miles of trails in 20+ parks.
Catskill Mountains Region
We’re supporting 200 volunteers who are maintaining 29 lean-tos, more than 200 miles of trails, and building new backcountry trails in the Catskills. We also are working with communities to increase outdoor tourism in the region, and with New York State’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation to increase outdoor volunteerism through our newly launched Catskill Conservation Corps.
New Jersey Region
So far in 2014, we have supported 461 volunteers in more than 30 parks and preserves, maintaining 700+ miles of trails for public access. We are working to protect open space, maintain trails, and support our park partners—including along the Appalachian Trail and on trails at Norvin Green State Forest, High Point State Park, and Bergen County’s popular Ramapo Valley County Reservation, where Ramapo College students have helped build the new Reservoir Trail. AND, we produce the best trail maps available.
West Hudson Region
We are advocating for and maintaining all your favorite hiking trails in Harriman-Bear Mountain, Minnewaska, Schunemunk, and Storm King State Parks and other state parks and preserves in Orange, Rockland, and parts of Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. We’re supporting 418 volunteers who are caring for more than 650 miles of trail in 10 of our region’s biggest parks. We’re also creating new trail crews, working to keep casinos away from our parks, building new trails throughout the region, and keeping the Appalachian Trail in better-than-ever condition.
There’s still time to make your year-end gift to support our work on the trails you love. Please make your donation now! Thank you!