Thursday, March 26, 2020

Skidmore College students seek input on Saratoga County trails

skidmore senior capstone

Three seniors from Skidmore College’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Program are working with Saratoga PLAN, Open Space Institute, and a group of regional partners to develop a trail from Moreau Lake State Park to the Saratoga Greenbelt Trail in order to promote outdoor recreation, sustainable economic development, and environmental conservation.

They developed a survey to better understand the value of the current trails and recreational pathways in Saratoga County, and the ways the trails are currently being used. They are looking for input from area residents. Particpants will be entered to win one of three $10 Apple gift cards.

Follow this link to the survey: https://tinyurl.com/saratogatrails 

Photo provided: Abby Grayburn left) and Alana Pogostin are seniors in the Skidmore Environmental Studies and Science Department conducting a survey for their capstone project. They are looking for input as they seek to evaluate the economic value of outdoor recreation, specifically a trail network through Saratoga County and connecting various established outdoor recreational hubs

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and runs her own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and a cat.




3 Responses

  1. David Gibson says:

    Melissa, I just would like to welcome you to the almanack, and look forward to working with you.
    Adirondack Wild and I have enjoyed working with Skidmore College environmental studies courses, particularly public lands (A.J. Schneller) for a number of years. College seniors last year surveyed on attitudes towards High Peaks Wilderness management. This year’s survey seems really interesting.

    • Melissa Hart says:

      Thanks David. Looking forward to working with you as well!

      • AJ Schneller says:

        Thanks Melissa for distributing our new survey on trails in Saratoga County! Indeed, as David G. mentioned, after the Almanack posted our story last year we received hundreds of more survey responses from informed readers. Thanks for the encomium, David, and of course, all of your and Adirondack Wild’s hard work for NY’s Wilderness!

        A.J. Schneller, Ph.D.
        Assistant Professor
        Environmental Studies and Sciences Program
        Skidmore College

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