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Nonprofit Report: The Finger Lakes Trail Conference

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference was created in 1962 as a not-for-profit membership organization to administer a foot trail across upstate New York from Allegany State Park in the west to the Catskills in the east across both public and private lands.

Volunteers, whether individual or groups, adopt sections of trail, obtain permissions to route the trail, maintain good relations with permitting landowners, and maintain the quality of the trail for hikers.

The umbrella organization ensures uniform trail marking standards statewide, publishes maps (which by now are a sophisticated product utilizing GIS programs), markets the trail to the public, performs member services, publishes a quarterly color magazine, organizes hikes and spring and fall weekend gatherings and performs all fiduciary functions pertinent to the trail.

The needs of the trail system, now grown to 1,000 miles, have grown over the years from an annual budget under $20,000 to a current one over $200,000, with paid staff in a low-rent office at the Mount Morris Dam. The once-simple footpath now includes dozens of shelters along the trail, bog bridging and many bridges over streams, used by an ever-growing number of day hikers and overnight backpackers.

Nearly 430 people have walked the whole main trail end-to-end.

FLTC partners with state host agencies as well as with the National Park Service as host to 400 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The Conference has also joined in several efforts with the Finger Lakes Land Trust to protect miles of trail.

Quinn Wright is executive director of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, which has three paid employees and is headquartered at 6111 Visitor Center Road in Mount Morris. The website is: fltconference.org.

 

Financial record                                   Year ended Dec. 31, 2016

Revenue                                                                         %

Contributions, gifts, grants                                    $561,331                    82

Membership due                                                       42,900                     6

Investment income                                                    34,749                     5

Other income                                                            32,435                     5

Program service revenue                                           11,440                     2

Total revenue                                                       $682,855                      

Expenses                                                                       %

Salaries                                                                  $53,929                    29

Trails                                                                        22,056                    12

Office expenses                                                       20,746                    11

Advertising and promotion                                        20,463                    11

Payroll taxes                                                            16,571                     9

Programs                                                                   8,728                     5

Other                                                                       45,772                    24

Total expenses                                                     $188,265                      

Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses       $494,590

Board of directors

Pat Monahan, president

Greg Farnham, vice president

Mike Granger, vice president

David Newman, vice president

Lynda Rummel, vice president

Charles Schutt, vice president

Paul Warrender, vice president

Christian Townes, treasurer

Roy Dando, secretary

Quinn Wright, executive director

Scott Brooks

Donna Coon

Kirk Doyle

Donna Flood

Roger Hopkins

Bob Kremens

Terry Meacham

Debra Nero

Barbara Nussbaum

Michael Ogden

Laurie Ondrejka

David Priester

Sieglinde Schwinge

Wendy Stevenson

David Tuttle

—Researched by Bill Alden

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