The Finger Lakes Land Trust has been awarded two grants aimed at protecting open spaces and enhancing water quality in the region. Over $60,000 will be allocated to the Finger Lakes Forest Conservation Initiative, based in Tompkins County, to evaluate and prioritize forest conservation opportunities and expand outreach to landowners and municipalities.
Additionally, $13,000 will be directed to a Cayuga County project for the conservation of 160 acres of land within the Owasco Lake Watershed, which is essential for safeguarding farmland and the watershed itself.
Governor Hochul emphasized the importance of land conservation in New York’s battle against climate change and the protection of the state’s natural resources. The grants support the state’s goal of preserving 30 percent of public land by 2030.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos highlighted the role of land trusts in achieving the carbon sequestration goals set by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Over $3 million in Conservation Partnership Grants have been announced statewide.
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