NYPA Awards Major Contract to Develop Hiking Trails on Nichols Hill Island in Louisville

Ethan Riegelhaupt
(914) 390-8178

July 31, 2014


WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the award of a more than $934,000 contract for the design and construction of approximately 2-1/2 miles of hiking trails on Nichols Hill Island in Louisville. The new trails will provide both handicapped accessible and rustic sections and include a fishing pier, observation platform and hunting blind.

The trustees approved the competitively bid contract to Tahawus Trails LLC of Accord, in Ulster County.

“This recreational initiative provides another excellent example of NYPA’s commitment to help improve the quality of life in the North Country,” said Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, a NYPA trustee and resident of Massena. “The new trails will bring great enjoyment to everyone who visits Nichols Hill Island.” 

“We are pleased to offer environmental and recreational enhancements that will further promote the beauty of the North Country to tourists and local residents alike. The new trail, designed by award winning trail-builders, will provide opportunities for all people to experience the sights and sounds of nature for many years to come,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer. “Recreational and habitat improvement are an integral part of the Power Authority’s continuing mission to collaborate closely with the residents and communities of the North Country.” 

Over the last decade, NYPA has contributed to numerous recreational and environmental improvements under the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Plant’s 2003 relicensing and as part of other efforts. The improvements include:

  • Rehabilitation and additions to local boat launches, beaches and parks.
  • State parks rehabilitation.
  • Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area rehabilitation.
  • Current and future habitat improvement projects.
  • Fish enhancement, mitigation and research fund.
  • St. Lawrence Research & Education Fund.
  • NYPA shoreline stabilization.
  • Adjoining landowner shoreline stabilization.
  • Hawkins Point Visitors Center.
  • Preservation and support of the Nature Center.

Small equipment and hand tools will be relied upon by Tahawus Trails to develop the Nichols Hill Island hiking trails. This will ensure protection of the island’s natural environment along the St. Lawrence River.

Tahawus Trails LLC is a member of the National Professional Trails Builders Association and has a proven record of trail design and construction spanning over 25 years. In 2012, the company was hired by NYPA to construct stairs at the Niagara River Gorge in Niagara Falls State Park, earning the Power Authority the Outstanding Stewardship of American Waters award in 2013 and Tahawus Trails the Trail Project of the Year by the National Professional Trail Builders Association.


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.