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Trail Day Will Honor Teatown Chair

Howard Permut will be recognized for his work.
Howard Permut will be recognized for his work. Photo Credit: Margaret Fox

Teatown's board Chair Howard Permut will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Valley Appalachian Trail Community's third annual Trail Day, for his work in planning and creating the only railroad stop directly on the Appalachian Trail.

The station, which is in Pawling, allows residents of New York City to easily reach the trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Sean Gobin will also receive an honor at this ceremony for his work in creating the Walk Off the War Program.

Permut will be honored by HVATC and the National Parks Conservation Association.

Other Trail Day activities will include hikes to Dover Oak and Cat Rocks, activities for kids, exhibits, art with the Wassaic Project, yoga on the boardwalk, barbecue and fresh cider, orienteering, a bird walk, a Native Plants Walk & Talk, a "lite" version of Trail Maintenance 101, and more.

"I want to thank the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community and the National Parks Conservation Association for this honor," Permut said. "It gives me great satisfaction to have been able to construct a station that connects New Yorkers with the Appalachian Trail and makes it easier for millions of people to access nature and the great outdoors.

"I also hope that this is the start of collaboration between Teatown, home to many wonderful hiking trails and environmental programs, the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, and the National Parks Conservation Association, as we all seek to protect and preserve natural places of beauty for present and future generations."

Permut retired as Metro North president in 2014 and has been board chair of Teatown, a nonprofit nature preserve and environmental education center in the lower Hudson Valley, since November 2015.

The preserve manages over 1,000 acres, making it the largest privately-owned land preserve in Westchester. Ten thousand people hike its 15 miles of trails every year, and its environmental education programs reach over 20,000 individuals a year.

The day will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Native Landscapes and Garden Center, in Pawling. The HVATC is hosting the event, along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the NPCA.

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