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about us: Partners
The Commission partners with numerous governmental agencies, municipalities, and organizations to achieve its mission.
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. >>
Alliance of National Heritage Areas
creates and enhances strategic links among the congressionally designated National Heritage Areas, emerging heritage areas, and private, non-profit, and governmental organizations associated with heritage development. >>
New York State Agencies
New York State Canal Corporation operates, maintains, and promotes the 524-mile NYS Canal System, which includes the Erie, Champlain, Cayuga-Seneca, and Oswego Canals. The Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of the NYS Thruway Authority. >>
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
manages 178 parks and 35 historic sites, totaling 325,000 acres of lands and water, with annual visitation over 57 million. The agency also provides leadership and assistance to community park, recreation, and historic preservation efforts across the state through grants, technical and regulatory assistance, and planning initiatives. >>
New York State Education Department
, under the direction of the Board of Regents, governs education from prekindergarten to graduate school. The Board and Department also govern 39 licensed professions, provide vocational and educational services to people with disabilities, guide local and government records programs, oversee public broadcasting, and operate the State Archives, Library, and Museum. >>
Statewide Non-Profit Partners

Parks & Trails New York works statewide to expand, protect, and promote a network of parks, trails, and open spaces throughout the state for all to use and enjoy. >>
Canal Society of New York State
is a non-profit organization that brings together canal enthusiasts from across New York to protect historic canal sites and features; support the revitalization of canals and the development of canal ports, recreational facilities, canal trails and other related amenities, and; present and interpret canal history. >>
Regional Non-Profit Partners
Lakes to Locks Passage Scenic Byway (Champlain Canal Region) >>
Mohawk Towpath Byway (Mohawk-Hudson Region)
Western Erie Canal Alliance
(Western Region) >>
RiverSpark State Heritage Area (Capital Region) >>

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  Canal Corporation, Canal Society, Canal New York, Erie Canalway-- with so many similar sounding names, it's sometimes hard to know who does what. Download our quick reference to Who's who on the canal >  
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