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GLIN==> Press release: NYS Legislature issues June 14 National Get Outdoors Day Resolution, Seaway Trail hosts only NY events

Title: Press release: NYS Legislature issues June 14 National Get Outdoors Day Resolution, Seaway Trail hosts only NY events
PRESS RELEASE: USE TODAY or June 14, 2008                                    
Contact: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail, Inc., 315-646-1000
NYS Legislature Issues National Get Outdoors Day Resolution;
Great Lakes Seaway Trail Hosting Only Events for New York State

Sackets Harbor, NY – Governor David A. Paterson and the New York State Legislature have recognized the Seaway Trail Foundation as the only host of activities for the first National Get Outdoors Day. By joint action (Assembly Resolution No. 1884 and Senate Resolution No. 6202) the New York State Legislature has declared Saturday, June 14, 2008 as National Get Outdoors Day in the State of New York. Activities for this inaugural National Get Outdoors Day will be held only along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail – a New York State and federally designated National Scenic Byway and a federally designated National Recreation Trail.

“In recognition of National Get Outdoors Day, I encourage all citizens to use this day as an opportunity to explore the diverse resources New York offers, including scenic landscapes, historic towns and villages and numerous outdoor attractions,” said Governor Paterson.  “I would like to thank the Seaway Trail Foundation for hosting this wonderful celebration and for providing a variety of physical and educational activities for all to enjoy.”

The New York State Resolution states: “Whereas the American Recreation Coalition and USDA Forest Service have selected the Seaway Trail Foundation, based in Sackets Harbor, New York, as official host of this fine event… and are teaming up to create a nationwide effort to get Americans outdoors (with) the goal of this particular day to connect children and novices to the outdoors and show them the benefits of outdoor recreation and activities… it is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organizations and events of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of the great State of New York.”

The resolution was sponsored by NYS Assembly Tourism, Arts and Sports Development Committee Chair Steve Englebright and NYS Senator Mary Lou Rath and co-sponsored by Assembly representatives George Amedore, RoAnn M. Destito, John J. McEneny, Thomas F. O’Mara, Michelle Schimel and David R. Townsend, Jr.

Assemblyman Englebright said, “Get Outdoors Day is a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness among New York State’s residents and visitors regarding the truly great treasures that are our parks, forests, and public lands.  It is a great way to encourage people to take advantage of these remarkable resources. I would like to thank Seaway Trail, Inc. for its leadership in becoming the New York State host for the National Get Outdoors Day and for the many fun and educational outdoor events they have planned for June 14.”

The June 14 National Get Outdoors Day in New York activities open at 10 am with a Birds of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail series program at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Chris Lajewski of The Nature Conservancy will talk about the Birds of Black Pond and the diversity of habitats provided to 281 species of birds at the Black Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation-owned property located off Bolton Road on the Seaway Trail (Route 3) in the Town of Ellisburg.

The program continues at 2 pm with a free Woodlands and Wetlands Walk at Black Pond WMA led by the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward Program. A half-mile boardwalk at 526-acre Black Pond WMA leads to Lake Ontario and is suitable for walkers of all physical abilities and for those in wheelchairs.

1st Indoor-Outdoor Combo Supports Mission of Discovery for NY’s Byway Leader

“This first-ever combined Seaway Trail themed indoor program-outdoor walk is a great way to celebrate the first National Get Outdoors Day and offers the opportunity to learn about the natural resources found on New York’s first National Scenic Byway. We encourage people to drive the byway to discover diverse nature-based and outdoor recreation activities, which are popular travel themes along with our scenic, historic, and cultural resources. National Get Outdoors Day is one more way we can boost tourism along the Seaway Trail to create enjoyable experiences and a positive economic benefit to the byway-based communities,” says Seaway Trail Foundation President and CEO Teresa Mitchell.

American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall, based in Washington, DC., says, “National Get Outdoors Day is a single day when people are inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Multiple partners – from the Seaway Trail byway to federal, state and local parks, triathlon organizers and recreation businesses – are making a variety of outdoor experiences available and fun for all.”

Those participating in National Get Outdoors Day activities on the Seaway Trail and at 52 other sites nationwide will receive a 25-percent-off coupon from Coleman, The Outdoor Company.

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway parallels New York’s freshwater shoreline for 454 miles along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie. Learn more at www.seawaytrail.com  For information on National Get Outdoors Day activities on the Seaway Trail, call 315-646-1000. #