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September 19, 2014
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Samuelson announces countywide trail task force


REGION — Sullivan County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson announced the formation of a countywide trail task force to work in conjunction with the already well developed trail system in the county. “As tourism, especially agri- and eco-tourism, are the lifeblood of the Sullivan County, this task force will work to enhance and expand our already established trail system,” said Samuelson.

Appointed to the task force are Legislator Alan Sorensen as chairman, Legislator Gene Benson as vice chairman, and Legislator Kitty Vetter. Also appointed are Kristen Porter from the county’s public works department, planning commissioner Freda Eisenberg and Lisa Lyons of Morgan Outdoors in Livingston Manor. The committee is open to additional members and will call upon outside experts and advisors as they begin working on the formulation of plans.

The goals of the task force will be expanded, but initially they are tasked with creating an inventory, identifying potential trail connections and partners ,and finding external funding sources to achieve a more comprehensive trail system for the county as a whole.

Sullivan County is crisscrossed with trails that have been identified and promoted on the website trailkeeper.org by a conglomerate of local tourism and environmental entities promoting a range of hiking choices for visitors and residents alike. This task force will work to identify further opportunities to enhance and potentially connect some of these trails as well as explore the potential for expanded rail trails in the county.

“Keeping with the current trend toward healthy lifestyle choices, this task force will take our hiking system to a new level. Sullivan County is renowned for our magnificent environmental resources and working toward the expansion and enhancement of our existing trail systems will further expand our already well-established place in the eco-tourism market in New York State,” Samuelson said.