Conservation Grants Awarded To Local Land Trusts

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North country groups are getting thousands of dollars from the state to protect and care for land in areas like the Thousand Islands and Tug Hill regions.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation awarded Conservation Partnership Program grants totaling $1.4 million to 57 nonprofit land trusts across the state.

The grants, funded through the state's Environmental Protection Fund, will be matched by $1.3 million in private and local funding.

The state says the money will help local land trusts sustain and expand community and landowner outreach, land conservation, stewardship and education programs.

Among other things, the state says the grants will create land trust jobs and strengthen partnerships with local and state governments while advancing locally supported efforts to preserve farmland, municipal watersheds and green infrastructure around the state.
 
The following north country groups have been awarded funds:

- Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, $28,000

- Thousand Islands Land Trust, $20,000

- Ontario Bays Initiative, $2,000

- Indian River Lakes Conservancy, $39,250

- Adirondack Land Trust, $10,000

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Saturday, August 30, 2014
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