Land Trust Alliance Announces $825K in Grants to New York Land Trusts
On Wednesday April 16th, 2008 the Land Trust Alliance and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced $825,000 in Conservation Partnership Program Grants to 40 New York Land Trusts— an unprecedented investment that will help build stronger land trusts, accelerate the pace and quality of land conservation, and strengthen public support for community-based conservation. More than 50 land trust representatives were on hand for the announcement, which took place in the New York State Capitol.
Funding for this innovative public-private partnership will support 52 grants to 40 local and regional land trusts in more than 30 counties across New York State.
The Land Trust Alliance thanks Governor Paterson, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis, Environmental Conservation Committee Co-Chairs Senator Carl Marcellino and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, and other members of the Legislature for helping the Alliance build this program. The 2008-09 State budget includes an increase to a record $1.575 million for this land trust grants and technical assistance program.