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DEC awards land trust grants

ALBANY — On Friday the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced more than $2.2 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants for 50 nonprofit land trusts across the state, including seven in the North Country.

A total of 69 grants come from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, which is primarily funded by real estate transfer taxes. They will leverage an additional $2.6 million in private and local funding to support projects that protect water quality and farmland, boost public access for outdoor recreation, and conserve open space to benefit community health, tourism and economic development. The Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with DEC.

In addition, the $2.2 million in Conservation Partnership Program grants and $2.6 million in private and local funding will increase state lands’ resilience to the changing climate and contribute to climate solutions by storing carbon. Natural climate solutions will have a significant role in addressing risks associated with climate change.

The grant awards from $3,161 to $100,000. In the North Country, they total $351,639.

¯ Thousand Islands Land Trust: Stewardship & Resource Management Grant $50,000; Transaction Grant $36,980

¯ Champlain Area Trails: Capacity Grant $28,500; Transaction Grant $34,725

¯ Northeast Wilderness Trust: Catalyst Grant $40,000; Stewardship & Resource Management Grant $12,000

¯ Adirondack Land Trust: Capacity Grants $51,754

¯ Indian River Lakes Conservancy: Capacity Grant $37,500

¯ Tug Hill Tomorrow: Land Trust Capacity Grant $23,830; Transaction Grant $11,360

¯ Lake Placid Land Conservancy: Capacity Grants $25,000

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