LPLC awarded grant to develop outreach program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance announced in April the award of a $25,000 New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) grant to the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) for the development of a new conservation outreach program.

The grant will enable LPLC to expand its strategic outreach efforts across the Lake Placid region, to include the towns of North Elba, Keene, Jay, Wilmington, Saranac Lake and St. Armand. Once developed, the program will offer interested, qualified landowners in the region the opportunity to develop conservation management plans for their properties and implement any one of a number of citizen science protocols on their properties to monitor wildlife, invasive species, plant and animal phenology or climate change. As part of the program’s development, LPLC will be conducting community conservation workshops this summer in communities throughout the Lake Placid region to understand what conservation, cultural and economic resources are important to specific communities in the region and why.LPLC is one of 55 non for profit land trusts in the state of New York that received grant funding through the Conservation Partnership Program. A total of $1.8 million was awarded to land trusts throughout New York State in 2016; 9 grant awards totaling $194,350 were awarded to land trusts in the North Country.

The NYSCPP grants are funded through New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. “DEC’s work with land trusts is essential in our efforts to conserve and protect New York’s valuable natural resources and this program is a clear example of the partnerships that have made a difference in preserving open space. Governor Cuomo’s historic $300 million budget for the Environmental Protection Fund, will help support the work of the state’s Land Trusts to be effective stewards of important habitats in the state for generations to come,” said Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos in DEC’s official press release on the grant awards.

Lake Placid Land Conservancy has received a total of $115,000 in grant awards from the NYSCPP since 2014. Previous NYSCPP grants enabled the Lake Placid Land Conservancy to hire its executive director as well as develop its first strategic plan.