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April 1, 2016

Oswego County Develops Interactive Trail Map

OSWEGO - With more than 40,000 acres of public land filled with wooded terrain, trails, lakes, streams and ponds, Oswego County offers endless opportunities for hiking, walking, fishing, and outdoor recreation throughout the 12 months of the year. Residents and visitors can now plan their trip and track their progress on a new interactive trail map developed by the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The map is posted on www.visitoswegocounty.com and may be accessed directly at http://arcg.is/1Y2patP. It displays nearly 200 miles of multi-use trails and roads in 25 natural areas across Oswego County with corresponding photos identifying trailheads, landmarks and various other features

The map was created by associate planner Martin Weiss using the ArcGIS (geographic information system) mapping platform. Weiss worked closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, SUNY Oswego, and other agencies to identify natural areas and trails that are suitable and accessible to the public for hiking, cross-country skiing and other uses.

"This project is a partnership between our department and the Oswego County Health Department," said David Turner, director of the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "The Health Department suggested we try to develop a resource like this to encourage our residents to get out and exercise by enjoying our various trail systems in Oswego County. The department provided feedback in the development of the map. The result is a computer-based tool that is easy to navigate, identifies parks and trails, and includes data and graphics to display geographic information. The platform can be easily shared with others over social media."

Turner said the trail map is "a work in progress" and will be expanded upon.

"Our county is fortunate to contain an amazing variety of state forestland, wildlife management areas and public parks. Additional trails will be mapped and added to the system with geo-tagged photos as our resources permit," he said.

The platform contains external links to the state DEC website and other sources of information about locations of parks, trails and natural areas in Oswego County.

For additional information on Oswego County parks and trails, visit www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

This is the view of the Lake Ontario shoreline, looking due north, at Independence Park in Scriba. The photo was taken on the wheelchair accessible Wildlife Run Trail. The photo is one of 70 geo-tagged photos featured in Oswego County's new interactive trail map. (Photo by Martin Weiss, Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism & Planning.).

Oswego County's new interactive trail map identifies the location of nearly 200 miles of known hiking trails and roads in Oswego County. Most of the trails are on forest lands, parks, or wildlife management areas owned by New York State, Oswego County, or local municipalities. There is also trail access to properties owned by the Onondaga Audubon Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, and other agencies..

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