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For Release: Thursday, May 25, 2017

DEC Region 6 Opens Accessible Trail on Tug Hill

Ribbon cutting to be held June 2, 2017

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is opening the John Young Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2. The newly accessible trail, which recently underwent construction to improve accessibility, is located within the Tug Hill State Forest at Barnes Corners and is approximately 2,000 feet long.

"Our focus is on inclusion and this trail allows people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful natural setting," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director. "Accessibility improvements welcome New Yorkers and visitors with mobility issues, as well as families with children in strollers, to visit and enjoy our state lands."

The trailhead features two accessible parking spaces. The entire trail, from the parking area to the overlook of Inman Gulf, is easily accessible with a firm and stable surface that is 60 inches wide.

"The Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL) is excited and proud to have an accessible trail in our region and will allow all to explore the wonders of nature at their own pace," said Karen Bolliver, NRCIL Associate Director. "The John Young Trail allows independence in nature for all outdoor enthusiasts. It is truly an accessible, invigorating, adventure for everyone with a love for the woods and all that nature has to offer."

What: John Young Accessible Trail Ribbon Cutting
Date: June 2
Time: 10 a.m.

Directions: From Watertown, take U.S. Interstate 81 south to Exit 42. Make a left onto State Rt. 177 east and proceed 10 miles. Turn left onto Williams Road. The trail is 1.6 miles down Williams Road on the right. From Lowville Take State Rt. 177 west through Barnes Corners. Turn right onto Williams Road. The trail is 1.6 miles down Williams Road on the right.

The DEC plans to extend the accessible trail approximately 500 feet in the future. The trail is named in memory of a beloved member of the Black River Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club who spent many volunteer hours building and maintaining recreational trails. Region 6 covers St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Lewis, Herkimer and Oneida counties.

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