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N.Y. Power Authority and State Parks Welcome Designation of long Path Through Mine Kill State Park as National Recreation Trail

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Ethan Riegelhaupt
(914) 390-8178
Ethan.Riegelhaupt@nypa.gov

Dan Keefe
State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
(518) 486-1868
dan.keefe@parks.ny.gov

June 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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NORTH BLENHEIM — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today welcomed the federal designation of Long Path through Mine Kill State Park as a National Recreation Trail.

“The announcement by the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service of the National Recreation Trail designation of Mine Kill State Park’s Long Path trail reflects the priority that we’ve long given to the thoughtful integration of energy policy, environmental preservation and leisure pursuits in the areas of our power facilities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “By working closely with the Long Path North Hiking Club and State Parks to support trail maintenance activities, interpretive kiosks and registers, we have been able to highlight the natural beauty and magnificent wildlife along the five-mile Long Path at Mine Kill.”

“The citation of this section of Long Path as a National Recreation Trail is a testament to a collaborative effort between state government and local residents to maintain the exquisite ecology of a hiking trail that has brought joy to thousands of visitors over the years,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. “This new designation will further heighten interest in discovering all that the Mine Kill State Park has to offer.”

Long Path through Mine Kill State Park has been developed through an ongoing and productive partnership between NYPA, State Parks and the Long Path North Hiking Club. Offering an amazingly diverse blend of scenery and terrain ranging from spectacular viewpoints overlooking the Schoharie Creek to incredibly picturesque ravines shrouded in hemlock and white pine, the trail is consistently rated very highly by hikers from all over the world. Located among the lovely rolling hills of the Schoharie Valley, Mine Kill State Park overlooks the Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project’s lower reservoir.

While the full Long Path is a 347-mile trail that runs north from New York City—starting at the George Washington Bridge, passing through the Hudson River Valley, Harriman State Park, the Shawangunk Ridge, the Catskill Mountains, and Mine Kill State Park, ending at Thacher State Park in Albany County, just the section that goes through MineKill Park received National Recreation Trail designation this year.

NYPA developed Mine Kill State Park in the early 1970s and supports it as part of the federal operating license for the Blenheim-Gilboa plant. The park is located within the boundary of the hydroelectric plant and is operated by State Parks.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced on June 6—National Trails Day—the recognition of 19 hiking and biking trails and two water trails as national recreation trails, adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System. In addition to Long Path at Mine Kill State Park, four other trails were recognized in New York State. For further information please see http://on.doi.gov/1uAIZc1.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority has been designated as the lead entity via Executive Order 88 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to form a central management and implementation plan to carry out his Build Smart NY plan to reduce energy use by state facilities by 20 percent by 2020. ■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.■ NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities in various parts of New York State, participation in a unique public/private partnership to contract for power from a clean generating plant in Queens, and its operation of more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state.■ For more information visit www.nypa.gov and follow us on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress, and LinkedIn.

About the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, manages 180 state parks and 35 historic sites which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study by commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.