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Letter: Grateful to see state parks revived

A single-engine Extra 300 L acrobatic plane, with

A single-engine Extra 300 L acrobatic plane, with pilot Jeff Boerboom at the controls, flies over Robert Moses State Park on Wednesday, May 2, 2016, in preparation for this weekend's 13th annual Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. In the front passenger seat is social media moderator Elissa Salamy, who went along for the ride.

Your recent editorial “Restoring gems of Long Island” [May 29] correctly states that New York is “well on the way” to making its state park system a model for the nation.

In fact, park supporters in California, which has a system that rivals ours, recently called New York’s approach to tackling decades of decline fearless.

My passion for the outdoors was inspired more than 50 years ago during visits to Orient State Park, Bayard Cutting Arboretum and the Connetquot River State Park Preserve. I fell in love with the natural landscape, fishing, history, ecology and sense of wildness.

Thanks to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s unprecedented commitment, as well as the bipartisan support for parks in the State Legislature, I’m hopeful that a new generation of park stewards will be inspired in the same way I was — and in new ways, too.

New, innovative programs like Parks Connect and the Park and Trail Partnership Program for park friends groups are crucial. State parks are public treasures that deserve our best efforts.

Richard Remmer, Oakdale

Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the board of the Long Island State Parks Commission and vice chairman of Parks and Trails New York.