The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation and the Great Swamp Conservancy were recently awarded two grants, totaling $25,300, through the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Partnership Program.
These statewide grants total $1.4 million and will be distributed to 53 nonprofit land trusts. The grants, funded through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, will be matched by $1.2 million in private funding.
“The Conservation Partnership Program grants of $1.4 million demonstrate New York State’s continued commitment to the local land trusts who are dedicated to providing clean air, water, food and places of recreation to the communities they serve. Not only will these investments in land conservation boost property values and protect public health but they will also support local businesses thus saving tax dollars,” said Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.
The purpose of the grants is to increase the pace, improve the quality and ensure the permanence of voluntary conservation of private lands, which will result in significant environmental and economic benefits for communities throughout New York. Five grants totaling $80,300 were received in the Central New York / Mohawk Valley region.
The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation’s award of $5,300 will be used to develop a comprehensive strategic organizational plan to direct is land conservation and historic preservation activities through the year 2018. The local land trust was incorporated in 1967 and works to protect historic, agricultural and natural resources in and around Cazenovia for the benefit of the community.
CPF currently protects about 2000 acres from overdevelopment as well as holds easements on six historic buildings in the town. CPF also owns and maintains over 12 miles of public recreation trails and sponsors a popular summer walks series on their protected lands.
The Great Swamp Conservancy was awarded $20,000 to hire a part-time professional to oversee daily operations and implement the standards and practices of the Land Trust Alliance. Based in Canastota, the GSC’s purpose is to foster environmental education, preserve biological diversity, and preserve and manage natural resources in the Oneida Lake and Lake Ontario watersheds. Their primary focus area is approximately 36,000 acres on the southeastern shore of Oneida Lake. Incorporated in 1997, the Great Swamp Conservancy, Inc. is the only nature center in Madison County, hosting a variety of environmental education programs for children and adults alike. With over 150 acres hosting approximately 4-5 miles of trails including a 900-foot boardwalk through a wooded wetland, the Great Swamp Conservancy is also home to a great diversity of plant and animal species.