ESSEX — In six years, Champlain Area Trails has established 31 miles of trails for local walkers.
“It started with a vision to promote the communities and economic vitality,” Champlain Area Trails Executive Director Chris Maron said at the recent Champlain Area Trails National Trails Day celebration.
“We think of this as fun. We are doing this for the future and will have hundreds of miles of trails.”
“If it can be done in Wales, it can be done in Wadhams,” CATS board member and host Steven Kellogg said in his remarks.
National Trails Day is intended to celebrate progress in making trails that increase enjoyment of the outdoors and promote economic vitality.
CATS endeavors to create new trails, protect natural habitat and scenic vistas and promote outdoor recreation that will enhance the local economy, conserve habitats and support innovative farms, scenic beauty and appealing hamlets.
TRAILS GIVE BACK
Agencies need to collaborate in the conservation of the Adirondacks, Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway remarked at the event.
“Trails are a way to give back to the community,” he said. “They are a tool that we can use to build a community that cares about nature. It takes a community with everyone working together to build trails and care for the Adirondacks. You can buy lands, but working together is just as important.”
He said he is pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s local economic agendas, as well as his support for promoting clean air and water, “but it helps to have organizations like CATS to make sure the state is playing its part.”
Janeway spoke of the Adirondack Council’s vision for ecological viability, vibrant and sustainable communities, clean water and air, and the continuance of the private-land tradition in the park.
“We are looking at what we can do in the next six years and want input from groups like CATS as well as individuals,” he said.