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New ‘Trail Supporter’ patch available

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging people to purchase a new, yellow “Trail Supporter” patch to support the cost of trail improvement projects.

The patches cost $5 and are available at all fishing and hunting license retailers, as well as online. The patches look like DEC trail markers and have been available in blue and red in previous years.

“To date, DEC has used funds from patch sales to purchase material for the construction of a boardwalk and pit privy in Texas Hollow State Forest, foot bridges on the Northville Placid Trail and Catskill Visitor Center, maintenance of Otter Creek Horse Trails, a horse mounting platform to improve access for people with disabilities at Brookfield Horse Assembly Area, and lean-tos in the High Peaks Wilderness,” a press release said. “Patch funds were also used to purchase materials for the new mountain bike trails at Elm Ridge Wild Forest. Since 2007, sales of the trail supporter patch have raised more than $41,000.

“Patch sale proceeds help maintain and enhance DEC’s non-motorized recreation trails throughout the state. All monies raised from patch purchases will be deposited in the Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account.”

For more information, including how to purchase the patches online, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36016.html.