ALBANY, NY (WWTI) – A record amount of funding has been awarded to land trusts across New York for conservation efforts.
On April 18, the New York State Department of Conservation confirmed that $3.375 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants had been awarded to 51 nonprofit land trusts across the state. This is the largest funding for this program to date.
Additionally, the New York Environmental Protection Fund will allocate an additional $2.7 million in private and local funding to support water and agricultural land quality projects, improve public access to outdoor recreation and keeping open spaces.
According to the DEC, the funding will aim to increase the resilience of state lands to climate change and contribute to climate solutions.
The New York State Conservation Partnership Program is a public-private partnership between the DEC and Land Trust Alliance that invests in New York land trusts. The grants are funded by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and are administered by the Alliance in coordination with DEC.
A total of 80 grants were awarded and ranged from $3,750 to $100,000. A list of recipients in the North Country is included below:
- Adirondack Land Trust: $29,000 capacity grants; Transaction Grant $75,000
- Champlain Region Trails: $23,500 Stewardship and Resource Management Grant; Transaction Grant $33,240
- OBI Land Trust: Resource Stewardship and Management Grant $35,782
- Thousand Islands Land Trust: $50,000 capacity grant; Resource Stewardship and Management Grant $98,050
- Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust: $100,000 Professional Development Grant
Since the Conservation Partnership Program’s inception in 2002, the program has awarded 1,077 grants totaling more than $25 million to 92 land trusts.
The complete list of grants awarded on April 18 is available on the DEC website.