Rensselaer Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has received two NYS Conservation Partnership Program Grants this year for a total of $47,500. The NYS Conservation Partnership Program is funded by the state's Environmental Protection Fund and administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
The Rensselaer Land Trust will use a $40,000 Conservation Catalyst Grant to complete its first county-wide, strategic land conservation assessment, with input and collaboration from municipalities, community groups, land trusts, and residents. This project will identify and map priority wildlife habitat, water resources and scenic values, and will include public workshops and community outreach.
A $7,500 Conservation Transaction Grant will support the expansion of the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve by 26.5 acres. The popular Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in Nassau includes four miles of trails and provides opportunities for hiking, fishing, nature viewing, snowshoeing and skiing, and is a favorite destination for local geocachers.
"Land trusts continue to make a difference in local communities, maximizing public and private dollars to protect and preserve our state's natural resources for generations to come," said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Through partnerships like these, the Environmental Protection Fund provides critical support for many environmental and open space programs, generating revenue, creating jobs, and ensuring a cleaner and healthier New York."
Recent research underscores how New York's investment in land conservation and open space boosts property values, supports local businesses, saves taxpayer dollars and protects public health. A 2011 study by the Trust for Public Land found that every dollar of investment from New York's Environmental Protection Fund generates $7 in total economic benefits from tourism, reduced government costs and public health.
Rensselaer Land Trust’s mission is to conserve the open spaces, watersheds and natural habitats of Rensselaer County, for the benefit of our communities and future generations.