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Finger Lakes Land Trust Awarded Conservation Partnership Grants

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The Finger Lakes Land Trust has received two grants to help protect open spaces and improve water quality.

The first award for over 60-thousand dollars will go to the Finger Lakes Forest Conservation Initiative based in Tompkins County to assess and prioritize forest conservation opportunities and increase landowner and municipal outreach.

13-thousand dollars will go to a Cayuga County based project to conserve 160 acres of land that is part of the Owasco Lake Watershed in order to protect farmland and the watershed itself.

“Land conservation is essential in New York’s fight to mitigate climate change and protect our state’s unparalleled natural resources,” Governor Hochul said. “Supporting the critical work of land trusts across the state will bring us closer to our goal of safeguarding 30 percent of public land in New York by 2030, ensuring future generations will have access to green space and protected natural habitats.”

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “As New York State continues to implement the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the capacity built by the Conservation Partnership Program in the land trust community will be very important. Land trusts play a significant role in conserving the forests and open spaces that will help us reach the carbon sequestration goals of the Scoping Plan, including conserving natural areas in disadvantaged communities to help reduce air pollution and climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. DEC commends the Land Trust Alliance for administering this vital program.”

Statewide, over 3-million dollars has been announced in Conservation Partnership Grants.

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