April 26, 2013: DEC, LAND TRUST ALLIANCE ANNOUNCE $1.4 MILLION IN CONSERVATION GRANTS TO LAND TRUSTS STATEWIDE
Grants Leverage an Additional $1.3 Million in Private Money
Public-Private Partnerships to Boost Local Land Conservation
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded Conservation Partnership Program grants totaling $1.4 million to 57 nonprofit land trusts across the state, DEC and the Land Trust Alliance announced today at a news conference at the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County as part of DEC’s weeklong celebration of Earth Day. The grants, funded through the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), will be matched by $1.3 million in private and local funding.
For more information and to read the full press release please visit our New York State Conservation Partnership Program Homepage.
Rebuilding the Environmental Protection Fund
At the end of March, the New York State Legislature approved a Fiscal Year 2013-2014 state budget that included $153 million for the Environmental Protection Fund. Thanks to dogged advocacy by land trusts and other EPF advocates across the state, the budget includes a $19 million increase in the Fund, including $20 million for state land acquisitions and $13 million for farmland protection.
2013 National Land Trust Advocacy Day – New York Land Trusts Storm Capitol Hill
Land trusts converged on Capitol Hill last week to educate and engage political leaders on conservation issues during the Alliance’s 2nd annual Land Trust Advocacy Day. Land conservation leaders attended issue briefings and networking events before conducting over 150 individual meetings with key members of Congress in the Senate and House, including virtually the entire New York delegation. Many thanks to the New York land trust representatives who took time to join us in Washington! Read our full press release.
State Conferences, Trainings and Webinars
Thinking about accreditation in 2014?
We know a number of land trusts are planning on registering for accreditation in 2014. If your organization plans to register for 2014, please read the Commission’s memo.
The Land Trust Alliance works with land trusts and local communities throughout the Northeast to provide a host of tools, training, support and inspiration to ensure their success in protecting the air we breathe, water we drink and food we eat.
Accreditation Preparation: we provide coaching services, and occasionally funding, to help land trusts prepare for the land trust accreditation process.
Standards & Practices Assessments: we periodically provide staff and/or funding to work with land trusts on completing an assessment of their effectiveness implementing Land Trust Standards and Practices. The assessment process identifies areas for improvement and working together with either Alliance staff or a consultant a plan is developed to pursue full implementation of Land Trust Standards and Practices.
Information & Training: we provide a wealth of information via The Learning Center (available to Land Trust Alliance member organizations and their staff, board, and volunteers) to land trusts addressing all facets of operating a successful nonprofit and meeting their land conservation mission.; and often working with our state association partners support workshops and webinars based on the Alliance’s Land Trust Standards & Practices curriculum.
Mentoring/ Coaching: we provide tailored, in-depth one-on-one support to assist land trusts in organizational planning, critical staff or board transitions, leadership development, strategic conservation planning, and other organizational development needs.
Leadership Development: working with our national education team we periodically offer current and emerging leaders training, opportunities to connect with peers, and multi-day retreats to help strengthen their leadership skills.
For further information on any of these topics please contact the following Land Trust Alliance staff member:
Rob Cardeiro if you are in RI, CT, NJ, DE or PA
Kevin Case if you are in ME, NH, VT, MA or MD
Land Trust Alliance New York Program
The Land Trust Alliance Northeast Office functions as the land trust service center for New York's land trust community. Guided by the New York Advisory Board, the Alliance's New York program provides funding for New York land trust's through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, offers training opportunities for land trust boards and staff, and advocates for conservation incentives and funding in the state capital.
If you are a land trust working in New York, please contact the New York Office in Saratoga Springs or visit our New York Program Homepage for more information on the Alliance's programming in New York.
PO Box 1797
7 West Street, Suite 33
Litchfield, CT 06759
Kevin Case, Northeast Director
Email | 860-361-9310
New York Office
112 Spring Street, Suite 205
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Rhode Island Office
41 Weetamoe Lane
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Rob Cardeiro, Northeast Field Representative
Email | 401-215-5777
Land Trust Alliance--State Service Center for New York