Thursday, October 17, 2019

DEC Redesigns Trail Supporter Patch

dec trail supporter patchThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) had release of the latest design of the New York State Trail Supporter Patch.

Trail Supporter Patches resemble DEC trail markers, with the newest patch representing markers for connector trails, a yellow round disc with black lettering. The previous red design is no longer available.

Patch sale proceeds help maintain and enhance DEC’s non-motorized recreation trails throughout the state. All monies raised from patch purchases will be deposited in the Conservation Fund’s Outdoor Recreation, Trail Maintenance, and Development Account.

The Trail Supporter Patch is available for $5 at all sporting license outlets or online at the DECALS website for current New York State sporting license holders.

The patch was first introduced by DEC in 2007, to help raise funds to maintain trails across the state. According to an announcement sent to the press by DEC, to date funds from patch sales have been used to purchase material for the construction of a boardwalk and pit privy in Texas Hollow State Forest; for foot bridges on the Northville Placid Trail and at the Catskill Visitor Center; maintenance of the Otter Creek Horse Trails; a horse mounting platform to improve access for people with disabilities at the Brookfield Horse Assembly Area; and lean-tos in the High Peaks Wilderness. Patch funds were also used to purchase materials for the new mountain bike trails at Elm Ridge Wild Forest. Since 2007, sales of the trail supporter patch have raised more than $41,000 DEC’s announcement said.

For more information on the Trail Supporter Patch visit DEC’s website.

Photo of DEC Trail Supporter patch provided.

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4 Responses

  1. Susan says:

    Well, that’s pretty ugly. Surely DEC could do better?

    • Boreas says:


      I am sure they could, but the idea was to copy the trail markers. I believe they have already gone through blue and red. Perhaps an entirely new design will follow. I personally like the design. The only thing I would add is the year purchased to perhaps prompt people to donate every year. Another option would be one for NYS in general and another for the ADKS where the funds would be spent. And perhaps a choice of patch or pin – I can’t sew for crap…

      • Gregor says:

        It’s beautiful in it’s simplicity. Clean and clear.

        Changing colors is a great idea as it might spur repeat donations as people want to collect them. Agreed about the pins.

  2. Wally says:

    I would like to see more of the funds allocated to maintenance of existing trails. Agree with Susan, too.

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