Lake Placid Land Conservancy awarded $20,000 capacity grant to implement citizen science monitoring program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance announced on April 26, 2017, the award of a $20,000 New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) Capacity and Excellence grant to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) for the implementation of a conservation monitoring and outreach program. This grant follows an award in 2016 of $25,000 to develop the program.

The NYSCPP grant will enable LPLC to conduct outreach activities with its conservation partners and identify and enroll interested and qualified landowners into its citizen science monitoring program. LPLC hopes to initially enroll 8-12 landowners with properties into the program throughout the Lake Placid Region over the next two years. The program will teach landowners how to monitor their property for pollinators, mammals, invasive species, birds or phenology using mobile device applications.

LPLC Outreach Coordinator Kerry Crowningshield shared her excitement for the grant award and the opportunity to forge relationships in the community.  “By engaging landowners to act as citizen scientists and become more familiar with the ecology of their property, LPLC’s conservation monitoring program will help to inform the biodiversity of the region. The program will allow our organization to connect personally with landowners in the Lake Placid area and expand upon our conservation efforts.”

Andrew Bowman, president of the Land Trust Alliance, commented on the importance of the Conservation Partnership Program’s grant funding and the role it plays throughout the state of New York. “Coming at a time when every effort makes a difference, this initiative enables land trusts, local communities and private landowners to better protect New York’s most important water resources, farmlands, wildlife habitats and urban green spaces. New York’s clear commitment to its Environmental Protection Fund sets a standard that can inspire other states to protect water quality, promote healthy communities and address our changing climate. These are smart investments in our collective future.”

LPLC is one of 58 not-for-profit land trusts in New York State that received a total of $1.8 million in grant funding through the Conservation Partnership Program, and one of 12 awarded in the North Country that received a combined $219,950.

The NYSCPP grants are funded through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. “Through partnerships with local land trusts, the Environmental Protection Fund provides critical support for open space programs across the state,” said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos. “These grants help local land trusts support our work to protect New York’s peerless waters, lands, and habitats and preserve our state’s natural resources, while leveraging even more resources communities can put to good use protecting these irreplaceable assets.”

Lake Placid Land Conservancy has received a total of $135,000 in grant awards from the NYSCPP since 2014. Previous NYSCPP grants enabled the Lake Placid Land Conservancy to hire its executive director, develop its first strategic plan, and develop a conservation monitoring and outreach program.