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Hochul launches ‘Love Our New York Lands’ stewardship day

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced a series of stewardship days to celebrate New York’s public lands, starting with the Canal Clean Sweep from April 19-21 and continuing with I Love My Park Day on May 4.

These events, part of the Love Our New York Lands initiative, aim to engage New Yorkers in the upkeep and enhancement of parks, historic sites, and public lands through volunteerism. The initiative aligns with Hochul’s goal to plant 25 million trees across the state by 2033, announced in her 2024 State of the State address, emphasizing the importance of preserving New York’s natural and cultural heritage.

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The stewardship days, supported by partnerships with Parks & Trails New York and state agencies, offer various opportunities for volunteers to participate in cleaning, planting, and conservation efforts across the state. Registration for these events is now open, with the Canal Clean Sweep marking the beginning of a year-long effort to foster a sense of responsibility and care for New York’s outdoor recreation assets.

The initiative not only highlights the beauty and significance of New York’s public lands but also encourages sustainable and safe recreational practices among visitors, ensuring these lands remain vibrant and welcoming for future generations.