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Hager helps secure grant to aid access to multi-use trails

Sep 04, 2021 |

Dr. Audrey Hager, visiting assistant professor of psychology, helped the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System, Inc. (CCETS) obtain a $64,805 matching grant from the Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Grants program to enhance public access to a section of multi-use trail in Cherry Creek, New York.
 
Hager, who teaches psychology and biology courses at SBU, helped write the grant and helped the 501c3 organization raise an additional $7,200 in matching funds.
 
The nonprofit CCETS, run by volunteers, seeks to preserve, maintain and enhance the beautiful natural resources of multi-use trails located on state, county, town and private lands. The extensive trails provide users of all types (equestrian, hikers, snowmobilers, cyclists and others) with a healthy, safe and enjoyable activity while encouraging economic growth in the local towns and surrounding areas. More information about CCETS can be found at https://ccetstrails.org/ 
 
Hager, a CCETS volunteer, is an advocate for the unique mental and physical health benefits provided by access to multi-use trail systems. An avid trail user, she can often be found riding her horse on local trails and those in Western New York parks.
 
Hager continues to volunteer and aid other nonprofit organizations in securing grants and is presently helping the Olean Meditation Center to promote mental wellness in the surrounding community.