DEC Encourages Out of doors Fanatics to Buy New Recreation-Themed Path Supporter Patches

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For Release: Tuesday 4 January 2022

Patch sales enhance and maintain non-motorized trails throughout New York

New York State Department of Environment (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the release of the latest New York State Trail Supporter patches. The 2022 patches consist of five designs that resemble the international symbols for some of New York State’s most popular outdoor recreation activities – cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, camping and bicycling. Each patch will be available individually for a limited time; However, the entire series can be purchased at any time.

“New York State residents and visitors can show their love for New York’s world-class recreational trails by purchasing this year’s Trail Supporter Patches, beginning with the seasonally appropriate cross-country patch.” said Commissioner Seggos. “All funds received will support projects that improve public access to outdoor recreation.”

The public can purchase a Trail Supporter patch for $5 (or the full series for $25) at any athletic license retail location or online at the DECALS website (exits DEC website). Proceeds from patch sales go to the Conservation Fund’s outdoor recreation, trail maintenance and development account to help maintain and improve DEC’s non-motorized recreation trails statewide.

Since its inception in 2007, Patch sales have funded a variety of projects, including construction of a boardwalk and pit in the Texas Hollow State Forest, footbridges on the Northville-Placid Trail and at the Catskill Visitor Center, an accessible horse boarding platform at the Brookfield Horse Rally, and several Shelters in the High Peaks Wilderness. Patch funds were also used to purchase materials for the new mountain bike trails in Elm Ridge Wild Forest and to maintain Otter Creek horse trails. Visit DEC’s website for more information on the Trail Supporter Patch.

DEC remains committed to promoting outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state and actively works with partner organizations and tourism promotion agencies to highlight and promote sustainable recreation and responsible use of state lands. DEC’s Love Our New York Lands campaign was launched in response to the ever-increasing number of visitors to state lands both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the decade prior, as more New Yorkers and visitors from other states and countries discovered the natural beauty of New York State. For details and more information, visit the Love Our New York Lands page on the DEC website.