LPLC Awarded $60,000 Conservation Partnership Program Grant

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy has been awarded a Conservation Catalyst Grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. The $60,000 grant will fund development of a community conservation project serving Lake Placid and nearby communities. The project will enable the Conservancy to engage the community and conservation partners to identify lands with high conservation value and develop strategies to catalyze new conservation projects and recreational opportunities.

The Land Trust Alliance and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) announced grant funding on April 25th as part of their 2019 round of NYS Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) grants. Funded by the Environmental Protection Fund, Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) received one of 70 grants awarded to 47 land trusts throughout New York totaling $2.25 million dollars. Grant funding will leverage an additional $2.2 million in private and local matching support for projects that advance land conservation, farmland protection, economic development, and enhance public access and recreation opportunities across New York State.

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made the grant announcement last week. “From natural wonders like Niagara Falls and the Adirondacks, to our beautiful state parks, we treasure our environment and natural assets across New York. With continued investment in the Environmental Protection Fund we are delivering resources and partnering with Land Trusts to safeguard our public spaces, farmland, and waterways.”

Since 2013, LPLC has worked to protect over 400 acres of forests, valuable shorelines, scenic views, and recreational trails throughout Adirondack communities. They own and manage 2 nature preserves that are open to the public, including the Three Sisters Preserve in Wilmington, and hold conservation easements that protect lands in private ownership. LPLC focuses on conserving critical habitat and lands that are important for scenic views, water resources, wildlife corridors, and creating opportunities for outdoor recreation. The organization also offers educational, conservation-minded programming to increase understanding for the region’s unique, natural resources.

The Lake Placid Land Conservancy was one of 8 land trusts in the North Country to receive 2019 NYSCPP grant funding. “We’re incredibly grateful for the continued support of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program,” says LPLC’s Executive Director Kerry Crowningshield. “Grant funding enables LPLC to make a positive impact on local conservation efforts and build strong partnerships with other great organizations serving our communities.”