RAY BROOK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants people to share inspirational stories of their experiences in the great outdoors.
DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino says it's a way for the department to encourage people to get out and take advantages of New York's trails, parks and forests.
Each month, several stories will be posted on the department's Web site. A prize will be awarded for the top story each month, and some writers might find their stories included in the Conservationist, a bimonthly magazine.
While the story subject must be about an experience had in New York, writers can be from anywhere.
Entries are limited to 650 words and must be received by Feb. 28. Stories can be submitted online or by mail to Carole Fraser, NYS DEC Universal Access Program, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.