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NY State Parks, Miles of Marked Hiking Trail

In the past few years the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has undertaken an effort to map all of their marked hiking trails in state parks. This graph shows which state parks have the most miles of marked hiking trails. It does not include carriageways, unmarked trails, or sidewalks.

Data Source: OPRHP State Park Trails.

Map: 2014 State Parks Attendance

Map: 2014 State Parks Attendance

Niagara Falls State Park is the most popular state park in the state with over 9 million visitors in 2014, but there are several others that had more then 1 million visitors. At the same time, there are several lesser known parks that receive only 50,000 or 100,000 visitors a year, but still are quite popular regional destinations.

Federal outdoor recreation trends: effects on economic opportunities

"Outdoor recreation is a central way that people interact with the natural environment. Federal land agencies are key providers of settings, facilities, and landscapes for recreation. Outdoor recreation is also an important driver of economic activity in rural communities near recreation destinations and across the United States. Future participation in outdoor recreation, and associated economic activity, will be influenced by demographic changes in population, lowering per capita land available for recreation, and changing recreation resource conditions, influenced partially by climate change. In this report, we summarize recent trends and current projections to 2030 of recreation participation and total days of recreation for 17 key outdoor recreation activities common on federal lands. We report the current economic activity supported by outdoor recreation on the seven agencies participating in the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation and describe how anticipated future changes in recreation participation and climate may change the economic activity supported by outdoor recreation."

New York State Forests

"New York State Forests are administered by the Division of Lands and Forests of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). New York State Forests include reforestation, multiple use, and unique areas; and state nature and historic preserves, with approximately 600,000 acres (2,400 km2) classified as reforestation areas and approximately 100,000 acres (400 km2) classified as multiple use lands. Land within the Adirondack Park or the Catskill Park is not included as part of the State Forest system."

Map: Pine Lake

Map: Pine Lake

168-acre lake near Kane Mountain in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. There is public access to Pine Lake from the end of Pine Lake Road, off of NY 10/NY 29A. The one end of the lake is highly developed with camps and the private Pine Lake Campground.

7 Defendants In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Found Not Guilty.

Judicial nullification is an important check on our government. Citizens have the right to object to unjust laws by refusing to convict persons under unjust laws.

The federal government locks up too much public land as wilderness. The public has the right to object to the mismanagement of public lands by out of touch bureaucrats.

They held their protest, nobody was hurt, while some government bureaucrats had to work elsewhere, they did raise some important concerns about the mismanagement of public lands.