|Chemung Basin River Trail Receives National Park Service “Gateways” Grant|
Partnership Promotes Recreation and Watershed Stewardship
Corning, NY (06/08/01) - At a riverside ribbon cutting ceremony today, the National Park Service presented a $30,000 grant to the Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership for improvements to the Chemung Basin River Trail. Today’s grant helps further development of the canoeing and kayaking trail as a part of the expanding Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
Coordinated by the National Park Service, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership of 85 water trails, natural areas and historic sites throughout the Chesapeake watershed that provide unique opportunities to explore the region’s cultural, historical and environmental history.
Covering forty miles of the one of the northernmost Chesapeake Bay tributaries, the Chemung River Trail will host eleven public access points from which paddlers can launch canoes and kayaks. The Gateways grant will help develop kiosks at each site that will provide paddlers river and trail information, as well as highlight the area’s historic and environmental significance to the region and the Bay.
“The Gateways Network grant will help people learn about both the river's history and its continuing importance,” said Lee Younge, Chemung County Environmental Management Council, co-chair of the Partnership. “Enjoying and caring for the Chemung helps connect us with our environment, both locally and as part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
“Today’s ribbon cutting and inaugural paddle marks a big step for the Chemung Basin River Trail and the people of the region," said Jennifer Fais of Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, co-chair of the Partnership. “In the future, thousands of paddlers will follow this route and learn about both the Chemung River and Chesapeake Bay watershed.”
“Paddling the Chemung Basin River Trail provides an excellent opportunity for novice and experienced paddlers alike to appreciate this great river first-hand,” said Jonathan Doherty, National Park Service manager for the Gateways Network. “Beyond that, the trail also provides a unique way to learn about and contribute to a key resource - the Chemung River.”
“This summer, visitors will be able to experience the Chemung and other special places in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at Gateways and water trails throughout the Bay region,” added Doherty. “Additional Gateways-funded projects will soon provide even more opportunities for visitors to explore the watershed’s diverse stories.”