Black River Environmental Improvement Association

The Black River Environmental Improvement Association (BREIA) manages 50 kilometers of trails in Boonville and Alder Creek, Oneida County. A conservation easement donated to the Adirondack Land Trust (ALT) ensures that 822 acres of this beautiful property will remain forever forested. Thanks to BREIA's generosity, thousands of people a year enjoy free access for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on trails that run alongside a canal and numerous brooks between the Tug Hill plateau and the Adirondack Mountains. 

BREIA’s partner, the Black River Outdoor Education Program, use these lands as an outdoor classroom to teach all school-age children in the county about geology, ecology, biology and history. The program also gets kids outside, showing them how they can enjoy the outdoors through skiing, snowshoeing, paddling and mountain biking. The two entities employ 40-50 people during the school year.

Chad Burdick, who helped build and now manages the trails, says it takes a lot of effort to keep trails so well-groomed that they can be skied with only two to three inches of snow. In a town that has been ranked second snowiest in the U.S. (trailing only Valdez, Alaska), this can make for a long and superb cross-country skiing season.

The Adirondack Land Trust is proud to play a part in advancing the landowner’s conservation vision and applauds BREIA for managing its lands in ways that benefit children and communities. Visit BREIA's website to learn more about recreation opportunities.