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WPBS Production PARK IT: TUG HILL Premieres Oct. 26 on WPBS-TV

WATERTOWN, NY (October 23, 2023) – The latest documentary in WPBS’s “Park It!” series explores the Tug Hill region, taking a four-season look at the snowiest region in America east of the Mississippi. PARK IT: TUG HILL, premieres Thursday, October 26th at 8:00 pm on WPBS-TV. Adventures include hiking, leaf peeping and fishing in the Autumn, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in Winter, spring birding and ATV-ing, and summertime camping, swimming, and boating – while also visiting some of the area’s historical attractions and businesses.

Tug Hill, in Northern New York State, is known for its abundance of natural resources: sparkling lakes, streams, and ponds, ample forests, fields for farming, a variety of wildlife and wild game, plentiful sunny days and wind for renewable energy sources, a jaw-dropping amount of snowfall, and more. It’s these natural resources that make the area not only a favorite place to live or visit, but a four-season economic powerhouse. Fall through summer, the Tug Hill never rests, with activities, adventures, and opportunities all year-round.

The documentary also explores the economic impact of Tug Hill – from agriculture and tourism, to renewable energy and more – and uncovers what Tug Hill is all about: the beauty and exquisiteness of nature… the opportunity to experience the land first-hand… the natural resources that provide economic and recreational benefits… cultural heritage and historic sites – and just plain fun.

“As we filmed many of the features and recreational opportunities on Tug Hill, we truly gained an appreciation for what really is an underrated gem in New York,” said Tracy DuFlo, Director of Production and Executive Producer.  “The waterways, waterfalls, local parks, and state forests, of which there are many, really do provide a perfect backdrop for a relaxing or adventurous day.”

PARK IT! TUG HILL is sponsored in part by The Tug Hill Commission and Brookfield Renewable Energy, with closed captioning provided by the Pratt Northam Foundation.

PARK IT! TUG HILL airs on WPBS-TV on Thursday, October 26th at 8:00 pm. It will be available to watch online at watch.wpbstv.org for two weeks free of charge, starting October 26th. WPBS members can also watch anytime with WPBS Passport after the premiere.

WPBS-TV’s “Park It!” series includes “Park It! Adirondacks” – produced in 2021, “Park It! Exploring the Outdoors”- produced in 2019, and “Park It! Celebrating Our Region’s Finest” – produced in 2009. “WPBS has been sharing and celebrating the glorious natural beauty of our region through this series, and we’re delighted to add this new episode about the unique Tug Hill region,” said Mark Prasuhn, President & General Manager. “We’re grateful to the sponsors, and our viewers, for making it possible.”

A private screening and reception was held for PARK IT! TUG HILL on October 19th at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, New York.

PARK IT! TUG HILL is produced by WPBS-TV Director of Production and Executive Producer, Tracy DuFlo. 

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