Non-Profit Land Trusts Awarded

Of the 53 non-profit land trusts that were awarded grants on Monday, five of them are located within Essex County, New York. Together the total funding received the five Essex County land trusts is $106,900.

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) received one grant for the amount of $50,000 over two years to support the hiring of a Communications Director who will also assist with administration and fundraising. These funds will be matched almost equally through private and local funding. “This is fabulous news,” said Chris Maron, CATS Executive Director. “One of the challenges we face as a new non-profit is to communicate effectively. The advances in social media provide new opportunities to connect with people and encourage participation. People want to make a difference and this grant enables us to show how they can get involved in making trails and saving land.” Champlain Area Trails, whose office is in Westport, is developing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley to link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality. “We are also a land trust,” said Maron “because it is important to protect natural areas, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, and farmland. This conserves natural resources and the scenic qualities of our landscape. And that is what people want to see when they hike, ski, and bike here.”

North Elba Land Conservancy (NELC) received two grants totaling $14,400 to support the conservation of the 133 acre Intervale Lowlands property and to conduct an organizational assessment, the first step in the process towards national accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance. “North Elba Land Conservancy is honored to be the recipient of grants that support our efforts in land conservation and our work towards national accreditation” said Patti Hopkinson, NELC Board President.

The Placid Lake Foundation has received two grants totaling $12,500 to support an outreach project and to conduct an organizational assessment. The outreach project will enable the Placid Lake Foundation to partner with the North Elba Land Conservancy and other local organizations to convene and educate local landowner’s attorneys, realtors, and other land trust members about conservation easements during a workshop in July. “This grant support gives us the opportunity to bring in Stephen Small, whom is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on private land protection options and strategies to inform the local Adirondack professional community about the benefits and incentives of protecting land through conservation easements,” said Sara Jane DeHoff, PLF Board President. The second grant will help support an organizational assessment based upon the Land Trust Standards and Practices. “Undergoing an organizational assessment is the necessary first step in preparation to becoming nationally accredited” said Christian Weber, PLF Executive Director.