YORKTOWN, N.Y. – The New York State Parks and Recreation Society has recognized the town of Yorktown and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference for their joint work on maintaining and protecting hiking trails in the community.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the society gave Yorktown and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference an “Outstanding Corporate Partnership Award” for their collaboration on about 50 miles of hiking trails in the town. The society’s award recognizes individuals or organizations that have provided leadership and support by providing equipment, volunteer time, in-kind donations, or other services with the goal of preserving or enhancing public parks.

Mohegan Lake resident Jane Daniels accepted the award on behalf of the trail conference, to which she has belonged since 1979.

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“The partnership couldn’t be better with the parks department and I say I am so lucky to be partners with them, and I know there’s a mutual feeling,” Daniels said.

Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater said the town’s hiking trails have proven to be valuable assets, especially this year.

“We saw it at the height of the pandemic,” Slater said. “We saw an incredible volume on our trails because it gave people a safe place to go outside, exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of our community.”

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is a volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public trails. Together with its partners, the conference strives to ensure that trails and natural areas are sustainable and accessible for all to enjoy.

The New York State Recreation & Park Society serves parks and recreation professionals by promoting professional development; public policy development; and public awareness, among other activities.