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Our Supporters

The list of project collaborators and supporters is long already, and it will continue to grow. In addition to National Geographic, this initiative is supported by the following regional partners.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens.

Funding provided by a grant from Empire State Development.

The New York State Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of the New York State Thruway Authority, formed through State legislation transferring the Canal System from the New York State Department of Transportation to the Authority on April 1, 1992. The Canal Corporation has transformed the Canal System into a world class recreation-way and emerging commercial waterway, with clustered development to foster recreation, tourism and economic development, while preserving the natural and historical environment of the System and its adjacent communities.

The National Park Service, an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, is America’s largest conservation agency. Besides administering various historic, cultural and natural sites throughout the United States and its Territories, the National Park Service serves as a proud partner with many state, local and private conservation initiatives, such as those in New York: the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor, the Hudson River Valley Historic Area, and Lakes to Locks, at their crossroads, stands Saratoga National Historical Park­ Turning Point of the Revolutionary War.

Saratoga County is upstate New York’s premiere destination for history, culture, performing arts, outdoor recreation, mineral springs, polo and world-class Thoroughbred horse racing.

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council is a 25-year cooperative of the counties within the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, including the Adirondack Coast and Lake George regions.

The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Since 1992, the National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,926 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

The Office of Planning and Development increases resilience and sustainable growth of New York communities by advancing progressive land use solutions, community-based development and building standards and codes. This is accomplished through partnerships with community-based organizations, academia, government agencies involved in development, natural resource protection and social services, and other stakeholders.

The New York State Scenic Byways program was created in 1992 by the State Legislature. The program encourages both economic development and resource conservation, recognizing that each of these aspects of a byway must be fostered to ensure the success of the other. In New York State, there are several types of types of corridors that fall under the Scenic Byways Program. State Scenic Byways are transportation corridors that are of particular statewide interest. They are representative of a region's scenic, recreational, cultural, natural, historic or archaeological significance.